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PhD, UC Berkeley, 2021
MRes, KCL, 2014
MA, Uni Chicago, 2012
BA, Uni Hong Kong, 2009
Diplôme, Uni Lyon III 2008
Foundation year, Fudan University 2006
Shoufu Yin is an assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia. His recent projects and publications explore three directions of inquiry: (1) rewriting Sinitic intellectual and literary histories with a focus on seemingly formulaic official documents; (2) retelling the global history of political thought through the lens of Manchu and other Inner Asian language writings; and (3) rediscovering everyday forms of intellectual output in history and beyond.
He is currently finalizing two book manuscripts:
- The China That Could Have Been: A Transcultural History of Rhetoric and Political Thought, 1100–1600
- 1156 CE, China’s Referendum
Simultaneously, he has been working on a third monograph-length project with the tentative title of
- Translingual Historiography: the Manchu Ming History and a Global Intellectual History of the Seventeenth Century
His recent articles have appeared (or are forthcoming) in the Journal of the History of Ideas, History of Political Thought, Journal of Asian Studies, T’oung Pao, Journal of Chinese History, Korean Studies, and other places. He co-edits Between the People and the State: Chinese Statecraft from Early Ming to Xi Jinping, a forthcoming volume, and “Agency, Democracy, and China: The Political Philosophy of Jiwei Ci,” a special issue with Comparative Political Theory.
For courses Shoufu offers, see https://sites.google.com/view/shoufuyin/teaching.
China and Inner Asia in global historical contexts
The 10th to 17th centuries
Political, institutional, intellectual, and literary cultures
Manuscriptology, diplomatics, and digital humanities
Global intellectual history, comparative political theory, world philology/philosophy
“How Should the Dragon King Memorialize the Jade Emperor? Margins of Political Thought in Late Ming China.” Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture 10.2 (2023): in print.
“Liu Bei, Plato, et al. on Kingship: A Microhistory of Seventeenth-century Globalization and Political Thought.” History of Political Thought. Accepted and forthcoming.
“The Early Qing Compilation of the Ming History in Manchu: The Contexts, Contents, and Significance of the Ming gurun i suduri.” T’oung Pao: International Journal of Chinese Studies. Accepted and forthcoming.
“Visualizing Divergence: Rhetorical Education, Literary Culture, and Historical Imagination in China and Korea (ca. 1314–1644).” Korean Studies 47 (2023): 93–116.
“Speaking on behalf of the ‘Korean’ King: Rhetorical Education and Political Representation in Early Modern China.” The Journal of Asian Studies 82.4 (2023): 549–569.
“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): 157–185. [Final proof]
“Redefining Reciprocity: Appointment Edict and Political Thought in Medieval China.” Journal of the History of Ideas 83.4 (2022): 533-554.
“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.
Under Review/In Circulation
“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]
“The Classic of Poems Is Mostly Composed by Women: Toward a Genealogy of a Claim in Early Modern China.” Under review.
“What Constitutes a Good Leadership Speech in a Non-Democratic Regime?: Secretarial Craft and Everyday Thinking in Contemporary China.” Under review.
“The Chinese Decree of Majority Principle of 1126 CE: Rethinking Ideas in Context and Their Significance.”
“Searching: The Making of Chinese Political Tradition.” In The Sage Handbook of Interpreting Chinese History, edited by Kristin Stapleton, Xin Fan, and Els Van Dongen.
“The Dragon King’s Memorial: Official Documents, Vernacular Novel, and Prolegomena to a Future History of Chinese Political Thought” (in Chinese). Forthcoming in a two-volume Festschrift for Timothy Brook.
“Thus Spoke Jin Shizong: Jurchen Statecraft in the Mongol, Manchu, Russian, and Belgian Empires.” Forthcoming in Between the People and the State: Chinese Statecraft from Early Ming to Xi Jinping.
[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 30.6 (2022): 1146-1149. [publisher’s version]
“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]