Dr. Qin Shao teaches at the College of New Jersey. A native of Shanghai, China, Shao was among many for whom formal education was interrupted after grammar school by the onset of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution She was sent to the countryside for six years to work as a peasant (including a brief stint as a “barefoot doctor”). Largely self-taught through books surreptitiously supplied to her in the countryside by an older sister, she successfully applied for college entrance and then went on to graduate school, without having attended high school. After completing her Master’s degree in 1983, she was invited to join the faculty at East China Normal University in Shanghai. Teaching herself English in her spare time, she came to the United States in 1987, and in 1990 she was admitted to the Ph.D. program in East Asian History at Michigan State University, where she received her doctorate in 1994.Dr. Shao’s research interest includes both ancient and modern Chinese history.
Shao has published a number of articles in leading scholarly journals in both English and Chinese. Currently she is completing a book about the political culture of a Chinese county, Nantong, in the 1920s. In addition to her teaching duties at the College of New Jersey, she is a visiting professor and research fellow at two Chinese academic institutions.