In her new book, Hillary Chute, professor of English and art & design, delves not just into the superhero phenomenon but also the essence of comics’ appeal more broadly and how the art form differentiates itself from others...
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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. He is the author of China’s War on Smuggling: Law, Economic Life, and the Making of the Modern State, 1842–1965, which will be published by Columbia University Press in early 2018 and added to the Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute series. 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).
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. He is also an associate in research at Harvard University Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin Hurst Institute in Legal History, and a Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) China Studies Postdoctoral Fellow during the 2015–16 academic year.