Norman Kutcher

Professor and Chair, History

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Contact Information
nakutcher@maxwell.syr.edu

135 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-1264

Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence

Degree

J.D., Boston College, 1985; Ph.D., Yale University, 1991

Specialties

Cultural, social, and political history of late imperial China

Biography

Norman Kutcher is a historian of late imperial and modern China, and is particularly interested in the Qing dynasty (1644–1911).  He is the author of Mourning in Late Imperial China: Filial Piety and the State (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and of Eunuch and Emperor in the Great Age of Qing Rule (University of California Press, 2018).  Both books deal with an abiding interest:  the cultural forces that shape rulership in China.  His articles have appeared in The Journal of Asian StudiesThe Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, and The American Historical Review, among other venues. His work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation and by the American Council of Learned Societies.  He has been a Senior Research Scholar at the Qing History Institute of Renmin University, a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, and a Fellow of the National Humanities Center.  He welcomes potential graduate students working in Qing and Republican Chinese history.

Publications

Books

Eunuch and Emperor in the Great Age of Qing Rule (Berkeley, CA:  University of California Press, 2018).

Mourning in Late Imperial China:  Filial Piety and the State (New York:  Cambridge University Press, 1999, Paperback edition, 2006).   

Selected Articles

"The Skein of Chinese Emotions History," in Peter N. Stearns and Susan Matt, eds., Doing Emotions History (University of Illinois Press, 2014).

“Unspoken Collusions: The Empowerment of Yuanming Yuan Eunuchs in the Qianlong Period,” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 70:2 (December 2010), 449-95.

"The Fifth Relationship:  Dangerous Friendships in the Confucian Context" American Historical Review 105:5 (December 2000), 1615-29.    

"The Death of the Xiaoxian Empress: Bureaucratic Betrayals and the Crises of Eighteenth-Century Chinese Rule" Journal of Asian Studies 56:3 (August 1997), 708-25.

Advising

Recent Ph.D. Students

  • Lei Duan (Ph.D. 2017), Post-doctoral Fellow, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, The University of Michigan. 
  • Lei Zhang (Ph.D. 2017), Assistant Professor of History, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.
  • Lex Jing Lu (Ph.D. 2016), Assistant Professor of History, Clark University, Worcester MA.

Research Interests

Late Imperial China; The Imperial Household in the Qing Dynasty; Eunuchs; The Yuanming Yuan, or Old Summer Palace

Research Grants and Awards

Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, Syracuse University, 2018
NEH Associate Professor of History, Colgate University, spring 2017
Fellowship, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC, 2015-2016
Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, 2010-2011.
Fellowship, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC, 2010-2011 (declined)
Fellowship, Institute for Historical Studies, The University of Texas, Austin 2010-2011 (declined)
ACLS/CSCC Research Fellowship,1999-2000, (National Program for Advanced Study and Research in China)
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend,1993
Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, 1985-1989
Committee on Scholarly Communications with China ,1988-1989
Yale University Fellowship, 1985-1987
Yale University Dissertation  Completion Fellowship,1990-1991