The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation is pleased to announce the results of its inaugural competition for small grants of up to $5,000 to support projects in modern Chinese economic,  social, and political history or archaeology.  Congratulations to the 2017 grant recipients, whose publications to date are also listed:


Clayton Brown, assistant professor, Utah State University. “Preserving China’s Past: Sino-American Collaboration in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management,”

Katherine Brunson, postdoctoral fellow, Brown University. “The Oracle Bone Project: Tracing the Spread and Development of Oracle Bone Divination in Ancient China.”

Aaron Glasserman, PhD student, Columbia University. “Islamic Death, Islamic Revival: Cemeteries, Religion and State in Modern China.”

Koji Hirata, PhD candidate, Stanford University. “Steel Metropolis: Industrial Manchuria and the Making of Chinese Socialism, 1909-1964.”

______. “Made in Manchuria: The Transnational Origins of Socialist Industrialization in Maoist China.” The American Historical Review 126, no. 3 (2021): 1072–1101.

______, Hirata, Koji. “Steel Metropolis: Industrial Manchuria and the Making of Chinese Socialism.” Enterprise & Society 21, no. 4 (December 2020): 875–85.

______. Hirata, Koji. “Mao’s Steeltown: Industrial City, Colonial Legacies, and Local Political Economy in Early Communist China:” Journal of Urban History, March 2021. (This article received the 2022 Arnold Hirsch Award for Best Article in a Scholarly Journal from the Urban History Association.)

Yitchak Jaffe, visiting assistant professor, New York University. “Shandong fieldwork on Cooking and Ceramics in the Late Shang and Early Zhou Period”

Carl E. Kubler, PhD student, University of Chicago. “Living on the Empire’s Edge: Cooperation, Conflict and Continuity on the South China Coast, 1796-1850.”

Natasha Kristine Osing, PhD candidate, University of British Columbia. “Investigation into the Habitual Practice of Kneeling During the Late Shang Period.”

Shan Windscript, PhD candidate, University of Melbourne. “Diary Writing in the Chinese Cultural Revolution.”

______, “How to Write a Diary in Mao’s New China: Guidebooks in the Crafting of Socialist Subjectivities,” Modern China 47, no. 4 (2021): 412–40,

Jongsik Yi, PhD student, Cornell University. “Fruits of Socialism: State-owned Horticultural Stations, the Municipal Fruit Company, and the Interactions between the State, Society, and Environment in Communist Chengdu.”