Michael Szonyi is a Professor of Chinese history at Harvard University, where he also serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies in East Asian Studies and Chair of the Committee on Regional Studies of East Asia A.M. Program. A social historian of late imperial and modern China, he studies local society in southeast China using a combination of traditional textual sources and fieldwork. He is currently working on a book on the social history of Ming military institutions. His previous books include Practicing Kinship (2002) and Cold War Island: Quemoy on the Front Line (2008). Szonyi received his BA from the University of Toronto and his D.Phil from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has also studied at National Taiwan University and Xiamen University. Prior to coming to Harvard in 2005, Prof. Szonyi taught at McGill University and University of Toronto.