Professor of modern Chinese history

Aix-Marseille University (since 2015)

Mailing address

Département d’études asiatiques (ALLSH) Phone: +33 (0) 4 13 55 34 35

29, avenue Robert-Schuman E-mail:

13621 Aix-en-Provence cedex 1.  FRANCE


Research center

Institut de Recherches Asiatiques (UMR7306)

3, place Victor Hugo – CS 80249 13331 Marseille Cedex 03 . FRANCE

Professional experience


Institut Universitaire de France, 2007-2012 Senior Fellow

Department of History, Lumière-Lyon 2 University Professor, 1998-2015

Institut Universitaire de France, 1994-1999 Junior Fellow

Department of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean studies, Jean Moulin-Lyon 3 University Associate professor, 1985-1992; Professor, 1992-1998


Division of Social Sciences and Humanities, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Deputy director, 2002-2005

Institut d’Asie Orientale (Lyons Institute of East Asian Studies), CNRS – Lumière Lyon 2 University – Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon – IEP de Lyon

Director, 1993-2002, (interim director) 2010-2011

Research Center on Modern East Asia (Centre de recherche sur l’Extrême-Orient Contemporain), Jean Moulin-Lyon 3 University

Director, 1987-1992

Department of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean studies, Jean Moulin-Lyon 3 University Chair, 1985-1990

Positions abroad:

Stanford University

Kratter Visiting professor, History department, April-June 2018 Humboldt Research Award 2013, Heidelberg University

Research fellow, 2013-2014 Université Fudan (Shanghai)

Visiting professor, Distinguished chair in Humanities, April-May 2013

East China Normal University (Shanghai) Visiting professor, April-May 2011

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Visiting scholar, Institut d’histoire, March 2009

Academia Sinica (Taiwan)Visiting scholar, Institute of Modern History, April 2009 University of California, Berkeley, January-June 2008

Visiting professor, History Department

Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, 2006-2007 Senior Research Fellow, Fellowship in Digital Humanities

Stanford University, Kratter Visiting professor, History department, April-June 2006

University of California, Berkeley, October 2005-March 2006 Fulbright Scholar

Visiting Professor, Caroll Professor of Urban Studies, History department, University of Oregon, Fall 2002

Visiting scholar, Tokyo University, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (Toyo Bunka Kenkyujo), July-September 2000

Visiting scholar, Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC), Stanford University, April-June 1990 and July-September 1997

Fellowships and grants

ERC Advanced Grant (2018-2023) Humboldt Research Award 2013

National Research Agency (France), War made Shanghai Research grant, 2013-2016 Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (Taiwan), Research grant (2010-2012)

National Research Agency (France), Virtual Shanghai Research grant, 2006-2008 Fullbright scholarship, research fellowship, 2005-2006 (six months)

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, Research grant, 2005-2007

Japan Foundation, Special G7 Summit Senior Scholar Fellowship, 2000 Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, publication grant, 1999

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, Taiwan studies library-building grant, 1991-1993 Fullbright scholarship, research fellowship, 1990

Principal Investigator

“Elites, Networks, Power in Modern Urban China. Historical “big data” in modern Chinese history” (PI), European Research Council, 2018-2023 [2500K€].

“Cadastres, land management and urban change in Shanghai: spatial and temporal visualization of heterogeneous series” (co-PI), Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, 2014-2016 [75K€].

“Spaces of leisure: From newspapers advertisements to « lived » and « perceived » space,” Programme CMIRA (Recherche), Rhône-Alpes Region, 2014-2016 [24K€].

“War made Shanghai: Toward a spatial history of 19th-20th century Shanghai (1842- 1952)”, French National Research Agency, 2013-2016 [200K€].

“Cadastres, land management and urban change spatial and temporal modeling of heterogeneous series,” research project funded by the Division of research, Rhône-Alpes Region, 2012-2014 [23K€].


“Cities in turmoil” (co-PI), research project funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, 2010-2012, in collaboration with the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan [56K€].

“Shanghai Urban Space in Time” (SUST), an online research platform on Shanghai funded by the French National Research Agency, 2005-2009. [250K€].

“The Common People and the Artist in the 1930s: An Essay in the Cultural and Social Metahistory of China through the Visual Sources”, Research project funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and the Division of Research of the Rhône-Alpes Regional Assembly, 2005-2007. [90K€]

“On-line Database of Historical Photographs (Shanghai)”, with a UC Berkeley co- PI, funded by the France-Berkeley Fund, 2000-2001; “History and visual documents”, with a UC Berkeley co-PI, funded by the France-Berkeley Fund, 2005-2006 [10K$].

“Shanghai history through maps”, research project funded by the ARRASH agency (Rhône-Alpes Region Research Agency) and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1995- 1999 [10K$].

“City words (China): A French-English-Chinese Glossary”, research project funded by the MOST Program (Unesco) and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1997.

“Shanghai state enterprises under reform”, research project funded by the PPSH agency (Rhône-Alpes Region Research Agency) and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1989-1992.


State Doctoral Degree [Docteur d’Etat ès Lettres et sciences humaines, required for full professorship], History, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, March 1992.

Ph.D., Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, June 1983.

B.A., Vietnamese studies, National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, Paris, June 1984.

M.A., History, Stanford University, September 1982

M.A., Chinese studies, National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, Paris, June 1978



The population of Shanghai. A source book (1865-1953), Leiden, Brill Publishers, 2018 (co- authored with Charlotte Aubrun and Shi Lu)

戰時上海:戰爭, 空間與社會 Zhanshi shanghai: zhanzheng, kongjian yu shehui (Wartime Shanghai: War, Space and Society), Shanghai, Shanghai shehui kexue chubanshe, 2021 (forthcoming, contract signed)

Scythe and the City. A social history of death in Shanghai (1865-1965), Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2016.

Shanghai. Scènes de la vie chinoise. Les figurines de bois de Tushanwan (co-authored with Ivan Macaux), Paris, Editions des équateurs, 2014.


1927-1937 年的上海 – 市政權 , 地⽅性和現代化 (Chinese translation of Shanghai 1927- 1937), Shanghai, Guji chubanshe,  2004, 223 p.

上海妓⼥:19-20世紀中國的賣淫業與性 (Chinese translation of Prostitution in Shanghai.

A Social History), Shanghai, Guji chubanshe, 2004, 462 p.

Prostitution in Shanghai. A Social History, Cambridge/New York, Cambridge University Press, 2001, 467 p.

Atlas de Shanghai. Espace et représentations de 1849 à nos jours (co-authored with Zheng Zu’an), Paris, CNRS-Editions, 1999, 189 p.

Le Shanghai des années 30 (co-authored with A. Roux), Paris, Editions Autrement, 1998, 190 p.

Belles de Shanghai. Prostitution et sexualité en Chine aux XIXe-XXe siècles, Paris, Editions du CNRS, 1997, 512 p.

La réforme des entreprises en Chine. Les industries shanghaiennes entre Etat et marché, (co- authored with Shi Lu), Paris, L’Harmattan, 1996, 270 p.

Shanghai 1927-1937. Municipal Power, Locality, and Modernization, Berkeley, The University of California Press, 1993, 288 p.

Shanghai 1927-1937. Elites locales et modernisation en Chine nationaliste, Paris, Editions de l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 1991, 342 p.


Edited volumes

 Visualising China, 1845-196. Moving and still images in historical narratives (ed., with Yeh Wen-hsin), Leiden, Brill Publishers, 2013, 514 p.

Images in History: Pictures and Public Space in Modern China (ed., with Yeh Wen-hsin), Berkeley, IEAS Research Monographs, 2012, 267 p.

In the Shadow of the Rising Sun. Shanghai under Japanese Occupation (ed., with Yeh Wen- hsin), Cambridge/New York, Cambridge University Press, 2004, 392 p.

Cities in the Pacific Rim. Sustainability and Diversity (ed., with Geneviève Dubois-Taine), Paris, PUCA, 2001, 234 p.

New Frontiers: Imperialism’s new communities in East Asia, 1842-1952 (ed., with Robert Bickers), Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2000, 300 p.

Les métropoles chinoises au XXe siècle (ed.), Paris, Editions Arguments, 1995, 265 p.

Shanghai dans les années 1980. Etudes urbaines (ed.), Lyon, Université Lyon III (Coll.

Cahiers du GRECC 1), 1989, 181 p.

La femme en Asie Orientale (ed.), Lyon, Université Lyon III, 1988, 150 p.


Articles in academic journals and book chapters (online PDFs)

  1. “X-Boorman. The Biographical Dictionary of Republican China in the Digital Age” (with Cécile Armand) in Cécile Armand, Christian Henriot, Huei-min Sun (eds.), Knowledge, Power, and Networks. Elites in Transition in Modern China (forthcoming)
  2. “From Textual to Historical Networks: Reconstructing Social Relations in the Biographical Dictionary of Republican China” (with Cécile Armand), Journal of Historical Network Research, 2021 (accepted)
  3. “The Battle of Shanghai (January-March 1932): A Study in the Space-Time of War”,

Journal of Military History, 85, 1, 2021, 76-94

  1. “Paris in the Orient: a spatial micro-history of the French in Shanghai (1942), Urban History, (with Cécile Armand), available on Firstview, 20 July 2020. doi:10.1017/S0963926820000553
  2. “When the dead go marching in”. Cemetery relocation and grave migration in modern Shanghai” in Thomas Mullaney (ed.), The Chinese Deathscape [digital book- platform], Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2019.
  3. Shanghai industries in the Civil War (1945-1947)”, Journal of Urban History, vol. 43, no. 5, 2017, 744-766
  4. “Représenter Shanghai dans le temps” (avec Charlotte Aubrun), Cartes & géomatique, Special issue ‘La sémiologie dans tous les sens’, 229-230, 2016, 51- 64.
  5. “August 1937: War and the death en masse of civilians”, in Lü Fangshang (ed.), War in History and Memory, Taipei, Academia Historica, 2015, 492-568
  6. “The Great Spoliation. The socialist transformation of industry in 1950s China”, European Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 13, no. 2, 2014, 153-160 (guest editor for this special issue)
  7. “The socialist transformation of funeral companies in Shanghai (1949–57)”,

European Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 13, no. 2, 2014, 186-211

  1. “混亂、排斥和屈辱排— 戰爭時期的上海難民圖像能彌補記憶的缺失嗎?” (Hunluan, paichi he quru – zhanzheng shiqi de shanghai nanmin tuxiang neng mibu jiyi de queshi ma), in Su Zhiliang 苏智良 (ed.), Dushi shixue 都市史学 (Urban History), Shanghai, Shanghai renmin chubanshe, 2014, 350-373
  2. “Paving the way”, in Ukai Atsuko and Meng Ji (eds.) Translation, History and Arts:

New Horizons in Asian Interdisciplinary Humanities Research, Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, pp. 9-16

  1. “1949年以前中國的醫學: 性病與賣淫” (1949 nian yiqian zhongguo de yixue, xingbing yu maiyin) [ of Medicine, V.D., and Prostitution in Pre-Revolutionary China], in Xu Xinzhong 徐新忠 and Du Lihong 杜麗紅 (eds.), 醫療, 社會與⽂化讀

本 (Yiliao, shehui yu wenhua duben) (Medecine, Society and Culture Reader), Beijing, Beijing daxue chubanshe, 2013, 245-269

  1. “Beyond Glory: Modern warfare, medical assistance and casualties in the 1932

Shanghai Battle”, War and Society, vol. 31, no. 2, 2012, pp. 16-35