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Kathryn Edgerton-Tarpley (Indiana University Ph.D., 2002) is an Associate Professor of Late Imperial and Modern Chinese History.  Her research and teaching interests include East Asian history, world history, famine studies, cultural, social, and gender history, comparative responses to trauma and disaster, and recent Sino-Japanese and Sino-US relations. Supported by NEH, Fulbright, and SSRC fellowships, she has travelled to China regularly for her research, and has conducted archival research in Taiwan, England, and Ireland as well.  Her first book, Tears from Iron: Cultural Responses to Famine in Nineteenth-Century China, was published by the University of California Press in 2008. Other publications include "Family and Gender in Famine" in the Journal of Women's History (2004) and "The Feminization of Famine, the Feminization of Nationalism: Famine and Social Activism in Treaty-Port Shanghai" in Social History (2005). Professor Edgerton-Tarpley recently spent from June through December of 2008 on sabbatical at Anhui University in Hefei, China.  There she conducted research for her new project on popular memory of and "history wars" over the massive flood disaster that struck three Chinese provinces in 1938, when the Nationalist army breached the Yellow River dike at Huayuankou in a desperate attempt to use flood water to stop the invading Japanese army.  She offers survey courses on Asian and World history and seminars on Hotspots of Modern Chinese History, China in Revolution, Japan in the Modern World, and Trauma and Memory in Modern East Asian History.

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