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Past Visiting Professor

Benjamin Elman


Historical Studies

Benjamin Elman, Mellon Visiting Professor (1999-2001) in the School of Historical Studies, is currently Gordon Wu ’58 Professor of Chinese Studies at Princeton University. A member of both the Department of East Asian Studies and the Department of History at Princeton University, Elman’s teaching and research interests include: Chinese intellectual and cultural history, 1000-1900; the history of science in China, 1600-1930; the history of education in late imperial China; and Sino-Japanese cultural history, 1600-1850. Currently, he is working on a project entitled "The Intellectual Impact of Late Imperial Chinese Classicism, Medicine, and Science in Tokugawa Japan, 1700-1850,” and editing several volumes from conferences held at Princeton under the auspices of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the East Asian Studies Program, and the Mellon Foundation.

Dates at IAS

Visiting Professor
School of Historical Studies


University of Pennsylvania


2011–16 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Distinguished Academic Achievement Award


Princeton University