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Mara Yue Du
Assistant Professor and Himan Brown Faculty Fellow
Mara Du’s research focuses on the history of modern China (17th century – present), particularly on law, gender, and state-building. Her book manuscript in process, State Is Family: State-Sponsored Filiality and China’s Empire-to-Nation Transformation, explores how the Qing empire (1644-1911) legitimized itself and governed its subjects through the legalized cult of filial piety. In the first half of the twentieth century, builders of the Chinese Republic fundamentally altered the logic of state legitimation from “ruling all under Heaven through the principle of filial piety” to popular sovereignty. At the same time, the new Republic endeavored to separate adult citizens from familial authority in order to subjugate them to direct state control, with legal reforms of family relations playing a critical role in political and social reconstructions.
Law; Family Values; State Building; Nationalism.
- HIST 2001 : Supervised Reading - Undergraduate
- HIST 2133 : Social Debates in China
- HIST 2931 : Making of an Empire in China
- HIST 3002 : Supervised Research - Undergraduate
- HIST 8004 : Supervised Reading
“Policies and Counterstrategies: State-Sponsored Filiality and False Accusation in Qing China,” International Journal of Asian Studies, 16.2 (2019), pp.79-97.
“Reforming Social Customs through Law: Dynamics and Discrepancies in the Nationalist Reform of the Adoptive Daughter-in-Law,” NAN NÜ: Men, Women and Gender in China 21.1 (2019), pp.76-106.
“Sun Yat-sen as Guofu: Competition over Nationalist Party Orthodoxy in the Second Sino-Japanese War,” Modern China 45.2 (2019), pp.201-235.
“Concubinage and Motherhood in Qing China (1644-1911): Ritual, Law, and Custodial Rights of Property,” Journal of Family History 42.2 (2017), pp.162-183.
“Legal Justice in Eighteenth-Century Mongolia: Gender, Ethnicity, and Politics in the Manchu-Mongol Marriage Alliance,” Late Imperial China 37.2 (2016), pp.1-40.