Dr. Michael Chang, History and Art History, was named the Fenwick Fellow for the 2010-11 academic year. The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason tenured or tenure-track faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the university libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. At the end of the academic year, as is customary for all Fenwick Fellows, Dr. Chang will present the results of his research.
Dr. Chang's project, “Network Formation at the Imperial Court and the Making of Qing Rule in 18th-Century China, 1680-1820”, seeks to provide a better understanding of pre-modern China's Qing dynasty, focusing on political interactions and social network formation in the Qing court. Using recently published archive collections (totaling over 100 volumes), he will reconstruct and analyze interpersonal interactions and the actual practices within the Qing state.
Another benefit of the fellowship will allow Dr. Chang to expand the Fenwick Library’s holdings of Chinese language scholarship and materials with the acquisition of extensive and newly available Qing period documents.
June 04, 2010