Janet Chen

Position
Professor of History and East Asian Studies
Office Phone
Office
302 Dickinson Hall
Office Hours
Tuesday: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:30 am-11:30 am
Degrees
  • Ph.D. in History, Yale University
  • M. Phil in History, Yale University
  • M.A. in History, Yale University
  • B.A. in History and Asian Studies with highest honors, Williams College
Bio/Description

Janet Chen is Professor of History and East Asian Studies, specializing in twentieth-century China.  Her first book, Guilty of Indigence: The Urban Poor in China, 1900-1953 (Princeton University Press, 2012), is a study of the destitute homeless during a time of war and revolution.  A new book project underway, titled “The Sounds of Mandarin: The Making of a National Language in China and Taiwan,” will be a study of how ordinary people learned to speak “Mandarin” at its various stages of historical formation.

Selected Publications
  • Guilty of Indigence: The Urban Poor in China, 1900-1953