Ting Zhang received her BA and MA from Beijing University and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. She is a cultural and legal historian of late imperial China, with a particular research interest in print culture and the circulation of legal knowledge. Her current project, “Information and Power: Printing, Law, and the Making of Chinese Legal Culture, 1644-1911,” explores the production and reception of legal knowledge, and the role of legal information in the formation of early modern Chinese legal culture. For this research, she draws upon 131 different editions of the Qing Code and many other legal imprints, using sources in libraries and on-line digital open source collections.
Ting Zhang has received fellowships or grants from the Doris G. Quinn Foundation, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the China Scholarship Council, and the Association for Asian Studies. Before joining the History Department at the University of Maryland, she has taught courses at Beijing University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Delaware, and UC San Diego. Her publications, in English and Chinese, include three journal articles, five book chapters, and two translations, for example, “Penitence Silver and the Politics of Punishment in the Qianlong Reign (1736-1795),” in Late Imperial China (Vol. 31, No. 2, December 2010) and “Marketing Legal Information: Commercial Publications of the Great Qing Code, 1644-1911” in Madeleine Zelin and Li Chen eds., Chinese Law: Knowledge, Practice, and Transformation, 1530s to 1950s (Brill, 2015).
Francis Scott Key Hall