Davis, Richard

 

Davis, Richard

BA, MA (SUNY Buffalo); MA, PhD (Princeton)

Prof Davis is Chair Professor of History at Lingnan University. He comes from the USA, where he received the BA in Political Science and MA in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the PhD in East Asian Studies from Princeton University.

A student of Chinese history for the Five Dynasties and Song periods (ca. 900-1300), he is author of five books related to the period’s social, political, and cultural history. He is best known for Court and Family in Sung China: Bureaucratic Success and Kinship Fortunes for the Shih of Ming-chou (Duke University Press, 1986), which will soon be released in Chinese translation by Zhonghua shuju, Beijing. His second book, Wind Against the Mountain: The Crisis of Politics and Culture in Thirteenth-Century China, published by Harvard University Press in 1996, has also been published in Chinese. His own translation of Ouyang Xiu’s Historical Records of the Five Dynasties, released by Columbia University Press in 2004, appeared in paperback in 2008. He also authored the political narrative for the late Southern Song in the Cambridge History of China, Volume 5: The Sung Dynasty and its Precursors, released by Cambridge University Press in 2009. His Chinese-language biography of Zhuangzong of Later Tang, co-authored with Ma Jia, was published by Zhonghua Shuju in 2009.

Prof Davis is President of the Song Studies Group for the Lingnan Region as well as President of the Society for Five Dynasties Studies. Before joining the faculty at Lingnan in 2006, Prof Davis taught in the History Department at Brown University for 17 years, during which he also chaired the East Asian Studies Department. He previously taught at Duke University, as Assistant and Associate Professor. Additionally, he has held 2-year visiting appointments at Middlebury College in Vermont and National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan. His teaching interests include late imperial China, comparative cultural history, and comparative historiography, in addition to advanced work in his specialty of middle-period China.