Degree: Ph.D., Harvard (1971).
Field(s) of interest: Modern Chinese History.
Research Interests and Professional Activities
Author/editor of books and articles on aspects of Sino-Western cultural interaction, the role of Western missionaries in China, pioneer photography in China, and early Manchu acceptance of Chinese culture. The 1990 translation of his China Charts the World: Hsu Chi-yu and His Geography of 1848 (1975) has played a significant role in the current debate in China on the direction of Chinese modernization. Professor Drake retired from the History Department in 2003.