Participant Info

First Name
Maura Elizabeth
Last Name
Freelance historian/writer
Website URL
China, Asia, popular culture, gender history, history of childhood
Additional Contact Information

Personal Info

About Me

I’m a historian and writer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I write about a variety of topics—books, pop culture, travel, and feminism among them—but the majority of my work focuses on China. I hold a PhD in Chinese history from the University of California, Irvine and have spent a great deal of time in China: I’ve lived in Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai, and also traveled widely in the country. I frequently write for non-academic audiences and am an experienced public speaker.

Recent Publications

China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (third edition), with Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Articles and commentary pieces for publications that include Foreign Affairs, TIME Asia, World Policy Journal, and the Wall Street Journal‘s China Real Time blog.

Book reviews for Los Angeles Review of Books, Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement, Ms. Magazine blog.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Asia, China, East Asia
Expertise by Chronology
7, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Politics, Public History, Women