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Sherman Cochran

cochranphotoHu Shih Professor

Office: 432 McGraw Hall
Phone: (607) 255-6740
Fax: (607) 255-0469

Office Hours: M 2:30-4:00, or by appointment


Fall 2011:
HIST 1910
Introduction to Modern Asian History Syllabus
HIST 2380
Families in Chinese History in the 17th Century
Spring 2012:
On Leave


Ph.D. Yale University, 1975
M.A. Yale University, 1967
B.A. Yale University, 1962

Recent Publications and Awards


Cities in Motion: Interior, Coast and Diaspora in Transnational China. Berkeley: University of California Institute of East Asian Studies, 2007. Co-edited with David Strand.

Chinese Medicine Men: Consumer Culture in China and Southeast Asia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006.

Encountering Chinese Networks: Western, Japanese, and Chinese Corporations in China, 1880-1937. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. Chinese translation by Cheng Linsun: Da gongsi yu guanxi wang: Zhongguo jingnei de Xifang, Riben he Hua shang da qiye (1880-1937). Shanghai shehui kexueyuan chubanshe, 2002.

Inventing Nanjing Road: Commercial Culture in Shanghai, 1900-1945, a collection of essays. I edited it, contributed an essay and wrote the editor’s introduction. Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Series, 1999.


"Capitalists Choosing Communist China," in Jeremy Brown and Paul Pickowicz, eds., Dilemmas of Victory: The Early Years of the People's Republic of China. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007. Pp. 359-385.

“Three Challenges for Scholars in Chinese Business History.” In Zhang Zhongmin and Lu Xinglong, eds., Qiye fazhan zhongde zhidu bianqian (Institutional change in Chinese business history). Shanghai: Shanghai shehui kexueyuan chubanshe, 2003, pp. 1-17. (In Chinese.)

“Marketing Medicine and Advertising Dreams in China, 1900-1950,” in Wen-hsin Yeh, ed., Becoming Chinese: Passages to Modernity and Beyond, 1900-1950. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. pp. 62-97.


Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award from Cornell University, 2010.

Joseph Levenson Prize of 2008 awarded by the Association for Asian Studies for Chinese Medicine Men as the book published in 2006 that makes "the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China" since 1900.

Henry Luce Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 2002-2003.

Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., 1998-99.