UConn Faculty Fellow
“The Utopian Impulse in Modern Chinese Political Thought, 1890-1940”
Peter Zarrow is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. He is also currently an adjunct research fellow at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica. Zarrow studies the intellectual and cultural history of modern China. Zarrow’s work has focused on a wide range of political thinkers and issues of the late Qing and Republican periods, writing on Kang Youwei, Liang Qichao, anarchists, the 1911 Revolution, Sun Yat-sen, human rights, historiography and memory, race, the Cultural Revolution, and other issues. In 2012 he published After Empire: The Conceptual Transformation of the Chinese State, 1885-1924 (Stanford). Zarrow’s latest monograph is a study of late Qing and Republican textbooks (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press).
From 2001 to 2013 Zarrow worked as a research fellow at Academia Sinica (Taipei), publishing in Chinese as well as English. While a fellow at the Humanities Institute, Zarrow will work on his next book, a study of modern Chinese utopianism. This project uses intellectual case studies to illuminate the striking presence of a “utopian impulse” in a wide variety of political thought—Zarrow believes that this utopian impulse was and is constitutive of modern Chinese political thought even in the absence of full-fledged utopianism.