Benjamin Elman transfers to emeritus status

Monday, Jul 17, 2017

Benjamin Elman is a leading scholar on the intellectual history of China. He has written widely on the examination system, scholarship, ethics, science and technology, and governance in China. His publications include: “From Philosophy to Philology”; “Classicism, Politics, and Kinship; A Cultural History of Civil Examinations in Late Imperial China”; “On Their Own Terms: Science in China, 1550-1900”; and “A Cultural History of Modern Science in Late Imperial China.” In 2011, he received the Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award.

Elman joined the Princeton faculty in 2002 after teaching at the University of California-Los Angeles. He has served as director of graduate studies and department chair, and as the director of the East Asian studies program. He founded the ongoing academic collaboration of Princeton, Fudan University and the University of Tokyo that is dedicated to broadening the comparative history of East Asia in the early modern world.

Elman earned his B.A. from Hamilton College, master’s degree from American University and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.