Rebecca Karl

Associate Professor of History

Duke University, PhD 1995

Office Address: 

King Juan Carlos Center, Room 713



Field of Study: 

East Asia

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Modern China; Intellectual history; women and gender

Selected Works:

  Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History. Durham, NC: Duke University Press 2010.

  Staging the World: Chinese Nationalism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Durham, NC: Duke University Press 2002.

  Rethinking the 1898 Reform Period: Political and Cultural Change in Modern China, co-editor (with Peter Zarrow); Harvard University, Council on East Asian Publications 2002.

  Marxism beyond Marxism, co-editor (with Saree Makdisi and Cesare Casarino), Routledge 1996.



The Birth of Chinese Feminism: He-Yin Zhen and her Feminist Worlds, co-editor and co-translator, with Lydia Liu & Dorothy Ko; Columbia University Press. 

The Magic of Concepts: Philosophy and the Economic in Twentieth-Century China. Duke University Press. 


“Mao Zedong and the Contemporary Global Conjuncture,” Das Argument (in German), forthcoming, January 2012. 

“What is World History? A Critique of Pure Ideology,” in Tina Chen, ed., World History and Historical Materialism (University of British Columbia Press), Forthcoming. 

“The Flight to Rights: 1990s China and Beyond,” Wang Ban, ed., Special Issue on “China and Theory,” Telos 151 (Summer 2010): 87-104. 

“On Women’s Labor: He Zhen, Anarcho-Feminism and Twentieth-Century China in the World.” Labyris (Brazil) []. January/December 2010.  

“Can a Post-1919 World History be Written?”  Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies (Korea), Vol 9, No 1 (April 2009): 1-10. 

“Journalism, Social Value, and a Philosophy of the Everyday in1920s China,” positions 16:3 (Winter 2008): 539-568. 

“Culture, Revolution and the Times of History: Mao Zedong and 20th Century China,” China Quarterly 187 (Fall 2006): 693-699.

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