John W. Chaffee

John William Chaffee (born 1948) is an American historian specializing in the history of China especially the Song dynasty. He is currently Distinguished Service Professor of History and Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University.

John W. Chaffee
Born1948 (age 72–73)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Chicago (Ph.D.)
Doctoral advisorEdward A. Kracke Jr.
Academic work
DisciplineChinese history
InstitutionsBinghamton University
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese


  • The Thorny Gates of Learning in Sung China: A Social History of Examinations. Cambridge University Press. 1995.
Chinese translation: 宋代科舉. San Min Book Company. 1995. ISBN 9789571917467.
Korean translation: 송대 중국인의 과거생활. Translated by Yang Chong-guk. Sinseowon. 2001. ISBN 9788979405347.
Chinese translation: 天潢貴胄:宋代宗室史. Translated by Zhao Dongmei. Jiangsu People's Publishing House. 2006. ISBN 9787214040978..

He also edited one volume of The Cambridge History of China (with Denis Twitchett).


  1. ^ Dong Jiacheng (2017-03-10). "宋史专家贾志扬:爱杭州,爱麻婆豆腐" [Song dynasty historian expert John W. Chaffee: I love Hangzhou and Mapo tofu]. The Paper (in Chinese).

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