• Dr. Chen earned his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, specializing in twentieth-century Chinese socioeconomic history, particularly the early period of the People’s Republic of China. He co-authored the book Paths To Modern Nations in Chinese and is the forthcoming author of When Food Became Scarce: How Chinese Peasants Survived the Great Leap Forward Famine (Cornell University Press). His work extends to numerous articles published in academic journals in both English and Chinese, with contributions appearing in the US, China, and Hong Kong. In 2009, Dr. Chen was honored with the Bernon Carstensen Memorial Award for Best Article in Agricultural History. Some of his articles have been translated into Japanese. Currently, he is engaged in crafting a book-length manuscript studying the collective rebellions of peasants during the early years of the People's Republic of China. Dr. Chen teaches a diverse range of courses in East Asian history and global history, spanning from undergraduate surveys to graduate seminars.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2022-02-01 Regime, Lineage and Survival: The Case Study of the Great Famine in Sanbaoli Village of Xuancheng County, Anhui Province” [Zhengquan, zongzu yu shengcun: dajihuang shiqi anhui xuanchengxian sanbaolic]The Twenty-first Century.  189:79-98. 2022-02-01
    2021-01-01 Land Reform in the ‘Former Soviet Areas’ in the Early 1950s: A Study of Focusing on Southern Jiangxi Province [1950niandai chu qiansuqu de tugai: yi gan’nan wei zhongxin de kaocha]. -- Journal of the Soviet Area StudiesThe Jiangxi Association of Social Sciences.  40:28-39.. 2021-01-01
    2020-10-01 State, Food, and Counterrevolutionaries: Cases in Rural Anhui during the Great Leap Forward [Guojia, liangshi yu fangeming: dayuejin qijian anhui nongcun de anliThe Twenty-first Century.  181:108-124.. 2020-10-01
    2016-08-01 The Rural Rebels’ Movement during the Early Cultural Revolution: A Case Study of Lao Qu Village and Dingyuan County in Anhui Province [Wenge chuqi nongcun de zaofan yundong—Anhui Laoqu cun he Dingyuan xixan de anli].The Twenty-first Century.  156:61-77. 2016-08-01
    2015-01-01 The Study of China’s Great Leap Forward Famine in the West: A Review Article [Xifang xueshujie de dayuejin jihuang yanjiu].Journal of Jiangsu University: Social Science Edition.  17:13-25.. 2015-01-01
    2013-12-01 The Old Sent-down Youths and the Rural Cultural Revolution in Qimen County, Anhui, 1966-1968” [Lao zhiqing yu Anhui qimen de nongcun wenge].The Twenty-first Century.  104:70-84. 2013-12-01


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    2021-03-01 From Kinship to Citizenship: A Study or Rural Lineages in Anhui under the People’s Republic. -- Family Ideology: Readings on Asian Families and Intimate Spheres (oku ideoroji: Ajia no kazuoku to shimintsu sakuru,).  Ed. 1.  SAGE Publications. 2021-03-01
    2018-06-01 Cultural Revolution in Village China [Wenge yu nongcun] -- Cultural Revolution: Recollections, Reconstructions, and Reflections [Zhongwai xuezhe tan wenge]..  The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press. 2018-06-01


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    2020-03-01 CONFESSIONS OF A RED GUARD: A Chinese Novelist Recounts His Experiences During China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. By Liang Xiaosheng; Translated by Howard Goldblatt.Pacific Affairs. 169-171.. 2020-03-01
    2019-10-01 Brian DeMare. Land Wars: The Story of China’s Agrarian Revolution.Agricultural History. 755-757.. 2019-10-01
    2018-09-01 Fred C. Teiwes and Warren Sun. Paradoxes of Post-Mao Rural Reform: Initial Steps Toward A New Chinese CountrysideChina Review International. 304-308.. 2018-09-01
    2015-07-01 The Lost Generation: The Rustication of China’s Educated Youth (1968-1980), by Michel Bonnin, translated by Krystyna Horko.The China Journal. 223-224.. 2015-07-01
    2014-09-01 Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962. By Yang Jisheng; Translated from the Chinese by Stacy Mosher and Guo JianPacific Affairs. 595-597. 2014-09-01
    2014-01-01 Zhou Xun, The Great Leap Forward Famine, A Documentary HistoryThe Historian. 157-158. 2014-01-01

    Research Overview

  • History of East Asia
  • Teaching Overview

  • Global History, East Asian History, and Chinese History
  • Full Name

  • Yixin Chen