Dan Shao

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Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies,East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • borderland history, legal history, ethnic groups in China, cultures of law, gender and women's history, medical history, Sino-Japanese relationship

Research Description

  • As a historian, I use my research skills to address problems involving peoples and places on the margins, intending to enrich our understanding of China as a historical concept and to bridge the gap between Asia-based and Europe-based studies on common problems about social boundaries and legal borders. I have endeavored to cross the historical marks that conventionally distinguish “modern” from “pre-modern” and to traverse the existing national borders that define China’s territory. I primarily study the historical roots of contemporary problems, and particularly the problems concerning the making, shifting, and lifting of boundaries and borders in Chinese society.



  • PhD, History Department, University of California Santa Barbara
  • LLM, College of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2003-2004 An-Wang postdoctoral fellowship, Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University
  • 2009-2010 Beckman Fellowship, Center for Advanced Studies, UIUC
  • 2011-2012 IPRH Fellowship, UIUC
  • 2012-2016 Conrad Humanities Scholar Award
  • CAS Resident Associate 2013-2014



  • CHIN Chinese Readings in Social Sciences: legal history
  • EALC/HIST120 East Asian Civilization
  • EALC/GWS361 Women in East Asia
  • EALC 550 History of China's Borderlands
  • EALC 550/398 Law and Society in Chinese History
  • EALC 398 Sino-Japanese Relationship
  • EALC 550 Gender and Women in Chinese History

Office Hours

  • 12:30-1:30pm T & TH



Book Contributions

  • "“Dilemma of Loyalty: Qing Loyalists and State Succession in the early 20th Century China" ." Lost Generation: Luo Zhenyu, Qing Loyalists and the Formation of Modern Chinese Culture. . . Ed. Chia-ling Yang and Roderick Whitfield . Saffron, 2012.

  • "“Kōjo, Hangyakusha, Heishi, Subai: Aishin Kakura Kenyo to Manshūzoku no Aidenteitei no jirenma,”." Manshū: kōsaku suru rekishi. . Trans. Yamazaki Masato. Fujiwara shoten, 2008.

  • "“Princess, Traitor, Soldier, Spy: Aisin Gioro Xianyu and the Dilemma of Manchu Identity"." The Crossed Histories: A New Approach to Manchuria in the Age of Empire . . University of Hawaii Press, 2005. 83-118.

Journal Articles

  • "“Gutu yubianjiang: Dongbei yu Manzu de gujia ji minzu renting”." Qingshi yanjiu (2011): 21-38.
  • "Chinese by Definition: Nationality Law, Jus Sanguinis, and State Succession (1909-1980)." Twentieth-Century China 35.1 (2009): 4-28.
  • "“Borderlanders between Empire and Nation: Banner People in early 20th-century Manchuria”,." East Asian History (2005): 23-46.
  • "Western Studies of Modern Manchuria in the Past Ten Years (1993-2003)." Newletter, Kingendai touhoku ajia kenkyuu kai (2004): 18-36.

Magazine Articles

  • "“Five misperceptions of China,” ." Cayman Financial Review . 5 Jan. 2011: 22-24.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • "Manchuria and Modern East Asia." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. 2017.
  • "Borders and Borderlands." Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009.


  • Rev. of Grounds of Judgment: Extraterritoriality and Imperial Power in Nineteenth-Century China and JapanAmerican Historical Review (2014): 488-489.
  • Rev. of Childbirth in Republican China: Delivering ModernityJournal of Asian Studies (2013): 448-450.