Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
China Initiative

Rebecca A. Nedostup

Associate Professor of History


Rebecca Nedostup works at the intersection of politics, culture and society in twentieth century China and Taiwan. She is the author of Superstitious Regimes: Religion and the Politics of Chinese Modernity (Harvard Asia Center 2009), and is currently writing Living and Dying in the Long War: Tales of Displacement in China and Taiwan, 1937-1959. She is co-organizer and co-editor of the collaborative project "The Social Lives of Dead Bodies in Modern China". Her research and teaching interests include war, mobilization, and displacement; the comparative, theoretical, and methodological issues raised by ritual and spatial analysis; and the relationship of nationalism, religion, and modernity. She does research in Nanjing and other parts of Jiangsu; Chongqing; Shanghai; and various places in Taiwan.