I am interested in: the social and cultural impact of modern Chinese political movements; migration within and across borders and the development of communities amid displacement; mobilization and demobilization; and the changing conception and treatment of the dead in the modern era. I also work on politics and religion in modern China and the relationship between modernity and religion in comparative contexts, and am interested in the methods of ritual studies and spatial analysis.

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Rebecca Nedostup received her PhD in modern Chinese history from Columbia University in 2001, and then taught at Purdue University and Boston College before coming to Brown in 2012. She works at the intersection of politics, culture and society during the twentieth century in China and Taiwan. Currently she is writing the monograph Living and Dying in the Long War: China and Taiwan, 1937-1959, and is involved in the collaborative project "The Social Lives of Dead Bodies in Modern China". She is also interested in comparative, theoretical, and methodological issues surrounding ritual and spatial analysis and the relationship of nationalism, religion and modernity. Her main research sites to this point have been Nanjing and other parts of Jiangsu; Chongqing; Shanghai; and various places in Taiwan.

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