John E Herman, PhD

Associate Professor, late imperial China
(804) 828-2856

John Herman, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of Washington. In 1986-87 Dr. Herman attended The Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies at Nanjing University; in 1991-92 he was a graduate student in the Department of History at National Taiwan University; twice a recipient of year-long research fellowships from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Endowment for the Humanities (1991-92 and 1998-99); and in 1997-98 he was awarded the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows at The John K. Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies, Harvard University. For the academic year 2010-2011, Dr. Herman was a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. He is currently Associate Professor of History at VCU, Director of VCU-China Relations, and a Visiting Scholar/Associate Member of the East Asia Center, University of Virginia.

Dr. Herman's research interests are in Late Imperial Chinese history (900-1800), in particular the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1636-1912) dynasties, frontiers and border regions, social-economic history, colonial discourse studies and ethnic studies. He has published a number of articles in English and Chinese, and his first book, “Amid the Clouds and Mist: China’s Colonization of Guizhou, 1200-1700,” (Cambridge Massachusetts and London: Harvard University Asia Center, Harvard University Press, 2007), is currently being translated into Chinese for publication in China. His current research project is titled, “Financing Empire in Southwest China: Land, State-Building and Local Society, 1650-1750.”