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University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Sigrid Schmalzer


Associate Professor

Office: Herter 631
Telephone: (413) 545-6776
Fax: (413) 545-6137
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Degree: Ph.D., University of California, San Diego (2004)
Fields of interest: Modern Chinese history, history of science, history of popular culture

Graduate Courses Offered:
Modern China, Popular Science

Research Interests and Professional Activities
Professor Schmalzer's research focuses on social, cultural, and political aspects of the history of science in modern China. Her first book, The People's Peking Man: Popular Science and Human Identity in Twentieth-Century China, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2008 and won the Sharlin Memorial Award from the Social Science History Association. Her work has been published in numerous edited volumes and scholarly journals, including Isis, Journal of American-East Asian Relations, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, East Asian History, and Geographical Review. She is currently completing a book manuscript titled "Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Encounters with 'Scientific Farming' in Socialist China," which has begun to spin off articles and book chapters on U.S.-Chinese agricultural-scientific exchange, youth involvement in the Mao-era "great revolutionary movement of scientific experiment," and the political significance of Mao-era science in China and abroad. She is also the lead organizer for a conference to be held at UMass 11-13 April 2014, "Science for the People: The 1970s and Today," which will bring together students, scholars in Science and Technology Studies, and former members of the 1970s-1980s group Science for the People. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council, the American Philosophical Society, and the D. Kim Foundation.