East Asia — China
Brooks Jessup is a historian of modern China. His first book project merges urban and religious history to explore the rise of Shanghai as a national center of Buddhist activism during the first half of the twentieth century. It shows how the city’s rapid development into a global commercial metropolis dramatically transformed its role in the Chinese Buddhist world. He is also developing a second project that brings an environmental perspective to urban history through a study of human-animal relations in Chinese cities from the nineteenth to the twentieth century.