Beginning September 1, 2021, Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of Modern Chinese History in the Department of History and in the College, will serve as faculty director of the Hong Kong Faculty Advisory Board for the University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong. Professor Pomeranz’s responsibilities will include ensuring that the Campus meets the broad needs of University of Chicago faculty and students, and leading the Advisory Board in reviewing and awarding the annual Provost’s Global Faculty Awards for Hong Kong.
Professor Pomeranz is one of the world’s leading scholars of modern China. He served as president of the American Historical Association in 2013, and in 2019 was awarded the prestigious Dan David Prize for his studies of macro history with a focus on East Asia. Two of his books, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (2000), and The Making of a Hinterland: State, Society and Economy in Inland North China, 1853–1937 (1993), were awarded the John K. Fairbank Prize from the American Historical Association, making him the the first and only two-time recipient of the Fairbank Prize for an outstanding book on the history of East Asia. At the University of Chicago, Professor Pomeranz is also an affiliated faculty member with the Center for East Asian Studies and the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge.
The Department of History extends our congratulations to Kenneth Pomeranz on his appointment.