East Asia-China, 2013




Research Interests

Qing social and cultural history; local and imperial identity and institutions; urban history and spatial strategies; violence and social movements; cross-cultural communication and conflict; place and social networks


Putting Empire in Its Place: Localism and the Qing Imperial State in Jinan, Shandong, 1733–1926


Daniel Knorr is a doctoral candidate in Chinese history at the University of Chicago, specializing in early modern and modern social, cultural, and political history. He received his BA in history and East Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2009 and his MA in history from the University of California, Irvine, in 2013. He also studied at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in 2009–2010.

Daniel's dissertation examines the relationship between the Qing imperial state and local identity and institutions in Jinan, Shandong, from the eighteenth through the early twentieth century. Drawing on a range of official documents, semi-official sources (e.g. gazetteers), and private writings, his dissertation explores how Jinan's status as a major administrative center shaped the intertwined processes of place-making and state-building. This case study, which addresses topics like famous sites and urban space, educational and charity institutions, and militia organization, both expands the reach of empirical knowledge about Chinese cities and challenges existing scholarship's approach to locality as a product of society existing outside the state. Through engaging with scholarship in US and world history, his project contributes to discussions about empire, the state, and locality beyond the field of East Asia. Daniel received a 2016–2017 Fulbright Fellowship to conduct dissertation research in Jinan and Beijing.


"Debating China's Destiny: Writing the Nation's Past and Future in Wartime China." In 1943: China at the Crossroads, edited by Joseph W. Esherick and Matthew T. Combs, 168–322. Ithaca, NY: Cornell East Asia Program, 2015. Translated by Chen Xiao as "Bianlun Zhongguo zhi mingyun: zai kangzhan shiqi shuxie Zhonghua minzu de guoqu he weilai." In 1943: Zhongguo zai shizi lukou. Beijing: Shehui kexue wenxian chubanshe, 2016.


Awarded 2016–17 Fulbright Fellowship