The university community came together Thursday morning for the annual Northeastern Holocaust Commemoration, which featured powerful stories and moving musical performances. Read More →
Ph.D., 2013, History
Philip Thai is a historian of Modern China with research and teaching interests that include legal history, economic history, state-building, business history, and history of capitalism. At the core of his inquiries is understanding the interplay between law, society, and economy. His interdisciplinary work has been supported by a number of organizations, including the Fulbright-Hays Program, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI). Drawing from diverse sources including customs records, court cases, popular press reports, and trade statistics, he is currently working on his manuscript tentatively titled, “The War on Smuggling: Law, State Power, and Illicit Markets in Coastal China.” The study uses China’s campaigns against smuggling during the twentieth century to examine the transformation of state authority and the larger socioeconomic impact of state-building. Professor Thai received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2013 and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000. Between his time as a graduate and undergraduate student, he spent several years as a consultant and financial analyst in the private sector.