Social and cultural history of twentieth-century China, in particular rural China; history of work, technology, gender, and everyday life
Harry Harootunian has retired and no longer directs BA theses or accepts new graduate students at the University of Chicago.
Religious, philosophical, and intellectual history of Japan
Tetsuo Najita has retired and no longer directs BA theses or accepts new graduate students.
Eighteenth-century Tokugawa thought; intellectual history of modern Japanese politics
Reciprocal influences of state, society, and economy in late Imperial and twentieth-century China; the origins of a world economy as the outcome of mutual influences among various regions; environmental history in China; comparative studies of labor, family organization, and economic change in Europe and East Asia; expansion of China to its present frontiers