PhD, UC Berkeley, 2021
MRes, KCL, 2014
MA, Uni Chicago, 2012
BA, Uni Hong Kong, 2009
Diplôme, Uni Lyon III 2008
Shoufu Yin is an assistant professor in history at the University of British Columbia. His research centers on Chinese and Inner Asian political cultures and thoughts in global historical contexts, and his courses explore innovative ways of teaching and learning histories and humanities.
Specializing in areas where social/institutional history meets literature and philosophy, he works on a wide array of previously unknown, untapped, and understudied sources in different languages—literary Sinitic (classical Chinese), Korean, Manchu, Mongolian, Persian, Latin, and Greek, to name a few. As such, his publications show that it is productive to engage the intellectual world of hitherto overlooked and marginalized groups—including peasant women who fought in wars, Manchu translators who processed imperial documents, anonymous typesetters behind the production of books. Ultimately, his scholarly passion lies in writing new kinds of global intellectual histories that foreground the theoretical contributions of both “canonical” and “everyday” thinkers of different traditions.
His current book manuscript, “The ‘Chinese’ Rhetorical Curriculum and a Transcultural History of Political Thought, ca. 1250–1650,” provides a new narrative of the history of early modern political thought by examining the rhetorical curriculum that flourished in East Eurasia. Tracing how the curriculum took its shape under Mongol-ruled China and flourished in post-Mongol East Eurasia, it contends that this education enabled individuals thus trained to conceptualize their rights vis-à-vis the throne, re-problematize the proper shape of the government, and conceive counterfactual histories and alternative futures.
His recent articles have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Journal of the History of Ideas, History of Political Thought, T’oung Pao: International Journal of Chinese Studies, Journal of Chinese History, among other places; together, they show how seemingly formulaic documents from the past may shed light on themes of contemporary importance, including individual liberty, gender equality, environmental crisis, and human-animal relationships.
He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Association for Global Political Thought, Harvard University, and is organizing a series of workshops that facilitate further dialogues between digital humanities and computational social sciences.
Under Review/In Circulation
“Speaking on behalf of the ‘Korean’ King: Rhetorical Education and Political Representation in Early Modern China.” Revise and Resubmit: The Journal of Asian Studies/available upon request.
“Toward a Minimalist Approach to Democracy: Ideas Excavated from the First Large-scale Referendum in World History.” Under review/publicized via Social Science Research Network (SSRN). [SSRN version]
“Visualizing Divergence: Rhetorical Education, Literary Culture, and Historical Imagination in China and Korea (ca. 1314–1644).” Under review/available upon request.
“How Should the Dragon King Memorialize the Jade Emperor? Margins of Political Thought in Late Ming China.” Under review/available upon request.
Published/Accepted for Publication
“Liu Bei, Plato, et al. on Kingship: A Microhistory of Seventeenth-century Globalization and Political Thought.” Accepted by and forthcoming in History of Political Thought/available upon request.
“The Early Qing Compilation of the Ming History in Manchu: The Contexts, Contents, and Significance of the Ming gurun i suduri.” Accepted by and forthcoming in T’oung Pao: International Journal of Chinese Studies.
“Election in Barbarian Lands: Representing Inner Asian and Euro-American Political Cultures in Early Modern China.” Oriens Extremus: Kultur, Geschichte, Reflexion in Ostasien 59 (2022): 1-29.
“Rewarding Female Commanders in Medieval China: Official Documents, Rhetorical Strategies, and Gender Order.” Journal of Chinese History 6.1 (2022): 1-20. An earlier version of my manuscript, entitled “On the Pseudo-Recognition of Female Commanders in Medieval China: War, Gender, and Imperial Rhetoric” is publicized via SSRN.
“On the Importance of Having Atrocious Dreams: Social and Cultural Transformations of Tenth-Century China and Beyond” (in Chinese). Zaoqi zhongguoshi yanjiu 早期中國史研究 (Early and Medieval Chinese History) 12 (2020): 151-202. [publisher’s version]
[with Michael Nylan] “Majority Rule in Imperial China.” The Cambridge History of Democracy, Volume 1: From Democratic Beginnings to c.1350. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
[with Michael Nylan] “On Wen and Wu: Reading the Sunzi in Historical Context.” In Norton Critical Edition of The Art of War, edited by Michael Nylan. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2022.
“Review: Origins of Moral-Political Philosophy in Early China: Contestation of Humaneness, Justice, and Personal Freedom, by Tao Jiang.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy: accepted and forthcoming.
“Review of Nicolas Tackett, The Destruction of the Medieval Chinese Aristocracy.” Frontiers of History in China 9 (2014): 640–643. An expanded version in Chinese is published in Tang Song lishi pinglun 唐宋歷史評論 (The Tang and Song History Review) 1 (2015): 276–295. [publisher’s version]