History Professor Receives Prestigious Book Award for Work on Modern China

February 12, 2008

The Chinese Historians in the United States (CHUS) organization bestowed the Academic Excellence Award to UH history professor Cong Xiaoping. The award recognizes her research for her book, “Teachers’ Schools and the Making of the Modern Chinese Nation-State” (University of British Columbia Press, 2007).

Cong’s work was reviewed by three outstanding scholars in the field of modern China. She was selected unanimously for the award.

One reviewer commented, "Based on solid materials, including archives, newspapers, journals, personal records and other documents, Cong Xiaoping has successfully restructured the development of modern Chinese teachers' schools and their social impact. By focusing on the unique nature of Chinese teachers' schools, this book discusses the transformation of both.”

Cong is a scholar of late imperial and 20th century China, focusing on women's history, intellectual history and the history of modern education in China. She has been with the university since 2001.

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