Wang Di 王笛

Contact information
Office: E21-2030
Tel: +853 8822 4383

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D., East Asian history, Johns Hopkins University, 1999
M.A., East Asian history, Johns Hopkins University, 1997
M.A., Modern Chinese history, Sichuan University, China, 1985
B.A., History, Sichuan University, China, 1982

Selected Professional Services

Co-editor, Frontiers of History in China, 2010-present.

Award Committee, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant for Research in European, African and Asian History, American Historical Association, 2016-2018.

Reviewer of Grant application for National Humanities Center (NHC), 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

President, Chinese Historians in the United States, 2003-2004.
2013, 2015, 2017年唐奖汉学奖提名人.


新史学丛刊编委, 2003-present.

近代史学刊编委, 2015-present

四川大学学报杂志编委, 2013-present

Outsider evaluator for programs and promotions: Tsing-hua University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore, Northwestern University, State University of New York at Buffalo, Academia Sinica, University of Victoria, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Mississippi State University, Auburn University, Georgia Southern University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, East China Normal University, and Bureau of Culture, Macau S.A.R.

Professional Experiences

Distinguished Professor & Head, Department of History, University of Macau, 2015-present
Visiting Chair Professor, Department of History, Jinan University, 2017-present
Professor, Department of History, Texas A&M University, 2009-2015
Research Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, Fall 2010.
Zijiang Chair Visiting Professor, Si-mian Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities, East China Normal University, 2009-2016
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California at Berkeley, Spring 2009
Visiting Scholar, Center for Chinese Studies, University of California at Berkeley, Spring 2009
Associate Professor, Department of History, Texas A&M University, 2004-2009.
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Texas A&M University, 1998-2004.
Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Modern History, Academy of Chinese Social Sciences, 2005-present
Visiting Professor, Institute of History, Central China Normal University, 2003-present  
Fellow, National Humanities Center, 2006-2007
Fellow, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo, 2005
Fellow, Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Nanjing University, 2005
Visiting Scholar, Asian Studies Center, Michigan State University, 1992.
Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 1991-1992.
Associate Professor of History, History Department, Sichuan University, China,1987-1992.
Lecturer, History Department, Sichuan University, China, 1985-1987.

Research Areas

Modern China
Chinese social and cultural history
Chinese urban history
Chinese secret societies

Current Research

Gowned Brothers: The History and Culture of a Chinese Secret Society, 1650-1950
The West’s Response to the May Fourth Movement

Honors and Awards (after 2002)

2018-2020, Multi-Year Research Grant, UM
2015-2018, Research & Development Grant for Chair Professor (CPG), UM
2015-2018, Start-up Research Grant (SRG), UM
2015 Fellow of the National Humanities Center (USA, declined)
2015 Visiting Professorship, Free University, Berlin
2012 Research Grant, Urban Culture Division at E-Institute of Shanghai Universities, China
2011 Fellowship, L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), France
2010 Research Fellowship of the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore
2006 The Chinese translation of Street Culture in Chengdu was selected as one of the top 10 best books published in China during 2006 by Zhonghua Dushu Bao (Chinese Readers’ Weekly).
2006 The Best Book (Non-North American) Award for 2005 from the Urban History Association.
2006 Fellow of the National Humanities Center (NEH Fellowship).
2004 Grant of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science 
2004 Fellow of the Institute for International Research at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.
2004 Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant for Research in European, African and Asian History, American Historical Association. 
2002 Grant of American Council of Learned Society/National Endowment for the Humanities.


Books in English

The Teahouse under Socialism: The Decline and Renewal of Public Life in Chengdu, 1950-2000 . Cornell University Press, 2018.

Violence and Order on the Chengdu Plain: The Story of a Secret Brotherhood in Rural China, 1939-1949 . Stanford University Press, 2018.

The Teahouse: Small Business, Everyday Culture, and Public Politics in Chengdu, 1900-1950. Stanford University Press, 2008.

Street Culture in Chengdu: Public Space, Urban Commoners, and Local Politics, 1870-1930.  Stanford University Press, 2003. Winner of the Best Book Award for 2005 from the Urban History Association.

Books in Chinese

袍哥:1940年代的川西乡村暴力与秩序.  北京大学出版社, 2018年.

茶馆:成都公共生活的衰落与复兴,1950-2000. 北京大学出版社, 2018年.


跨出封闭的世界—长江上游区域社会研究,1644-1911(修订本). 北京大学出版社,2018年. (中华书局1993年初版,2001、2006年再版,台湾五南出版社2002年繁体字版)

茶馆:成都的公共生活与微观世界,1900-1950. 北京大学出版社,2018. (本书由社会科学文献出版社2010年初版)获选《南方都市报》2010年“年鉴之书”. 

街头文化:成都公共空间、下层民众与地方政治,1870-1930. 北京大学出版社,2018年. (中国人民大学出版社2006年初版,商务印书馆2012年再版)。该书被《中华都市报》评选为2006年十佳图书

(主编)时间、空间、书写:新社会史. 浙江人民出版社. 2006年.

Articles in English and Japanese

“A College Student’s Rural Journey: Early Sociology and Anthropology in China Seen through Fieldwork on Sichuan’s Secret Society.” Frontiers History of China, 12.1(2017): 1-31.

“The Return of Public Life: The Teahouse, Urban Citizens, and Socialist State in Post-Mao China.” Quaderni storici, no. 2 (August 2015): 409-437.

“Mahjong and Urban Life: Individual Rights, Collective Interests, and City Image in Post-Mao China.” International Journal of Asian Studies, 11.2 (July 2014): 187-210.

“Reorganization of Guilds and State Control of Small Business: A Case Study of the Teahouse Guild in Early 1950s Chengdu.” Frontiers of History in China, 7.4 (December 2012): 529-550.

“Mysterious Communication: The Secret Language of the Gowned Brotherhood in Nineteenth-Century Sichuan.” Late Imperial China 29.1(June 2008, a special issue in Honor of William T. Rowe): 77-103.

“Teahouses, Theaters, and Popular Education: Entertainment and Leisure Politics in Late-Qing and Early Republican Chengdu.” Journal of Modern Chinese History 2.1(June 2008): 1-21.

“Teahouse Workers and Their Organization during Wartime Chengdu,” pp. 1287-1336 in Thirty Years of Studying Republican China, vol. 3. Beijing: Shehui kexue wenxian chubanshe, 2008.

“Urban Life in China’s Wars, 1937-49: The View from the Teahouse,” 95-126 in Stewart Loneed. Daily Life of Civilians in Wartime Asia. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2007.

“Struggling for Livelihood: Social Conflict through the Teahouse in Republican Chengdu.” European Journal of East Asian Studies 5.2 (Fall 2006): 247-73.

“Entering the Bottom of the City: Revisiting Chinese Urban History through Chengdu.” Chinese Historical Review 12.1 (Spring 2005): 35-69.

“Chakan, chabo to chakyaku——shinmatsu minkoku ki chugoku nairiku toshi niokeru kokyokukan to kokyoseikatsu no mikuro kenkyu茶館、茶房と茶客ーー清末民国期中国内陸都市における公共空間と公共生活のミクロ研究 [The teahouse, teahouse workers, and teahouse-goers: A microhistory of public space and public life in a Republican inland city]. Chugoku--shakai to bunka中国社会と文化[China: society and culture], No. 19, 2004: 116-135.

“‘Masters of Tea’: Teahouse Workers, Workplace Culture, and Gender Conflict in Wartime Chengdu.” Twentieth-Century China, 29.2 (April 2004): 89-136.

“The Rhythm of the City: Everyday Chengdu in Nineteenth-Century Bamboo-Branch Poetry.”  Late Imperial China, 22.1 (June 2003): 33-78.

“The Idle and the Busy: Teahouses and Public Life in Early Twentieth-Century Chengdu.” Journal of Urban History 26.4 (May 2000): 411-437.

“Street Culture: Public Space and Urban Commoners in Late-Qing Chengdu.” Modern China 24.1 (January 1998): 34-72.

“Developments of the Public Sphere in the Late-Qing Sichuan.”  Social Sciences in China XVIII, No. 2 (1997): 125-130.

Selected Articles in Chinese:

乡村秘密社会的多种叙事: 1940年代四川袍哥的文本解读, 四川大学学报, no. 3, 2015: 12-26. 

成都茶馆业的衰落:1950年代初期小商业和公共生活的变迁,史学月刊, no. 4, 2014: 85-96.

成都麻将诉讼引起的思考:城市日常生活的冲突,南京大学学报51.2 (2014): 61-75.

图像与想象: 都市历史的视觉重构,学术月刊, vol. 45, no. 4 (April 2013): 133-139.

虚虚实实:从《国民公报》看辛亥革命后地方社会的政治讽刺,史林, no. 1(2012): 104-112.

不必担忧“碎片化”,近代史研究, no. 4 (2012): 30-33.

同业公会的改造与国家的行业控制:以1950-1953年成都市茶社业同业公会的重组为例,中国当代史研究, no. 3, 2011: 46-71.

吃讲茶:成都茶馆、袍哥与地方政治空间,史学月刊, no. 2 (2010): 105-114.

神秘的语言和沟通:19世纪四川袍哥的隐语、身份认同与政治文化,史林, no. 1(2010): 89-97.

国家控制与社会主义娱乐的形成:1950年代前期对成都茶馆中的曲艺和曲艺艺人的改造和处理,中国当代史研究, no. 1, 2009: 76-105.

成都茶社同業公會的消亡,二十一世紀. Oct. 2009(no. 115):46-54.

吃茶与国运: 晚清民国时期成都的茶馆政治与茶馆政治文化,民国研究. Spring 2009(no. 15): 1-23.

从“休谈国事”到“茶馆政治家”:民国时期的成都茶馆与公共政治,中国学术, vol. 7, no. 1 (25, October 2009).

茶馆、戏园与通俗教育:晚清民国时期成都的娱乐与休闲政治,近代史研究, no. 3 (2009): 77-94.

新文化史、微观史和大众文化史:西方有关成果及其对中国史研究的影响,近代史研究, no. 1 (2009): 126-140. 

华人社区的冲突、控制与自治:二战前美国城市中的中国传统社会组织,史学月刊, no. 11 (2006): 93-101.

20世纪初茶馆与中国城市社会生活:以成都为例,历史研究No. 5 (2001): 41-53.

大众文化与近代中国社会--对近年美国有关研究的述评,历史研究, No. 5 (1999): 174-186.

近年美国关于近代中美关系的研究,历史研究, No. 2 (1997): 170-183.

晚清长江上游地区公共领域的发展,历史研究, No. 1 (1996): 5-16. 

近年美国关于近代中国城市的研究,历史研究, No. 1 (1996): 171-186.

西方宗教势力在长江上游的拓展,历史研究, No. 3 (1991): 105-119.

近代长江上游地区的城市系统与市场结构,近代史研究, No. 6 (1991): 105-123.

晚清新政与近代学堂的兴起,近代史研究, No. 3 (1987): 245-270.

论辛亥革命时期孙中山的对外态度,历史研究. No. 2 (1986): 51-63.

Professional Affiliations

Member of the Association for Asian Studies
Member of the Chinese Historians in the United States
Member of the Historical Society for Twentieth Century China