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Emily Mokros

Research Interests:
Late Imperial and Modern China
History of cities and urban culture
Political institutions
media and information

Emily Mokros is a historian of late imperial and modern China with interests in cultural, urban, and political history.

Her first book, The Peking Gazette in Late Imperial China: State News and Political Authority, was published by University of Washington Press in 2021. It traces the untold story of a distinctive state periodical, the Peking Gazette (jingbao). The book explores how the Peking Gazette contributed to momentous shifts in political culture in Qing China and influenced representations of the Qing state at home and abroad. This project draws on archival and library research conducted at various sites in Asia, Europe, and the United States.

In addition to continuing work on the intertwined histories of political information and media in late imperial China, Mokros is at work on a book project on the Qing capital, Beijing, during a decade of war in the mid-nineteenth century. It explores resource, security, and economic crises that transformed daily life and capital administration alike. 

Mokros has received numerous fellowships in support of her research from sources such as the Fulbright Program (2012-2013), Association for Asian Studies (2017), University of California-Berkeley (2017–2018), the Institute for Advanced Study (2023), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2024).

Dr. Mokros teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Chinese, East Asian, and global history. She is interested in advising potential graduate students on a range of topics related to these areas.