College of Social Sciences and Humanities Dean Uta Poiger announced the winners of the first-ever CSSH Outstanding Teaching Awards at the college’s annual Faculty Celebration on Thursday, April 2. ..
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Ph.D., 2013, History
Philip Thai is a historian of Modern China with research and teaching interests that include legal history, economic history, business history, and history of capitalism. At the core of his inquiries is understanding the complex interplay between law, society, and economy. His interdisciplinary work has been supported by a number of organizations, including the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Fulbright-Hays Program, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI). He is currently working on his manuscript tentatively titled, “The War on Smuggling: Law, State Power, and Illicit Markets in Coastal China,” which uses China’s campaigns against smuggling during the twentieth century to examine the transformation of state authority and the larger socioeconomic impact of state-building. Professor Thai received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2013 and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000. Between his time as a graduate and undergraduate student, he spent several years as a consultant and financial analyst in the private sector. Since 2013, he has been a research associate at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. During the 2015–16 academic year, he will be a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS China Studies Postdoctoral Fellow.