Emily Mokros

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  • Assistant Professor
  • History
1761 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-1515
Research Interests:

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, will be published by University of Washington Press in May 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 interest in tracing historical uses of information and media in premodern China, Mokros is beginning a study that examines the experiences of nineteenth-century Beijing during a decade of war.

Dr. Mokros teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Chinese, East Asian, and global history.

For a series of recent blog entries on the Peking Gazette, see:

Selected Publications: 


Cover art for The Peking Gazette in Late Imperial China          


The Peking Gazette in Late Imperial China: State News and Political Authority. Seattle: University of Washington Press, forthcoming May 2021.

“Documentary Authority.”  In Information: A Historical Companion, edited by Ann Blair, Paul Duguid, Anja Goeing, and Anthony Grafton. Princeton University Press, 2021.

“Spies and Postmen: Communications Liaisons and the Evolution of the Qing Bureaucracy.” Frontiers of History in China 14, no.1 (2019): 17–48.

“Reading the Guides, Directories, Manuals, and Anthologies of Liulichang.” East Asian Publishing and Society 7, no.2 (2017): 127–166.

“Reconstructing the Imperial Retreat: Politics, Communications, and the Yuanming Yuan under the Tongzhi Emperor, 1873-4.” Late Imperial China 33, no. 2 (2012): 76–118.



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