David Pietz is Professor of Chinese History and the UNESCO Chair of Environmental History in the University of Arizona’s Department of East Asian Studies. He is also Director of the Global Studies Program at the UA. With a doctorate in Modern Chinese History from Washington University, Dr. Pietz’s research interests lay in environmental history and the history of technology.of China and East Asia. His work focuses on long-term continuity and change in China’s water management on the North China Plain. His publications include Engineering the State: the Huai River and Reconstruction in Nationalist China and State and Economy in Republican China: A Handbook for Scholars. His current project, The Yellow River: The Problem of Water in Modern China will be published by Harvard University Press in fall of 2014. Dr. Pietz’s current research on resource management in China has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton. In addition to his current appointment at the UA, Pietz has taught at Washington State University, Assumption College, Tufts University, and Clark University. Committed to communicating his scholarship and teaching to audiences beyond the academy, Dr. Pietz has lectured to a wide array of audiences, including education, religious, and business groups. These efforts were recognized as he was named a Fellow in the Public Intellectual Program of the National Committee on United States-China Relations (2005-2007).
Introductory survey of recent histories of China, Japan and Korea, focusing on the major watersheds in these countries' modern experiences. The roles of indigenous culture and forces of change as well as foreign influences will be considered.