Kenneth Pomeranz

Kenneth Pomeranz, FBA (born November 4, 1958) is University Professor of History at the University of Chicago.[1] He received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1980, where he was a Telluride Scholar,[2] and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1988, where he was a student of Jonathan Spence.[3] He then taught at the University of California, Irvine, for more than 20 years. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2006.[4] In 2013–2014 he was the president of the American Historical Association.

Kenneth Pomeranz
Kenneth Pomeranz at American Historical Association 2014
At American Historical Association 2014
Born (1958-11-04) November 4, 1958 (age 62)
Academic background
Alma materCornell University; Yale University
Academic work
Main interestsComparison of China to industrial Europe (Great Divergence)
trade history
Notable worksThe Great Divergence

Selected publicationsEdit


Edited volumesEdit

  • The Pacific in the Age of Early Industrialization. Farnham England: Ashgate/Variorum, 2009.
  • with McNeill, J. R., (2015). The Cambridge world history: Production, destruction, and connection, 1750 to the present. 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • with Barker, G., Benjamin, C., Bentley, J. H., Christian, D., Goucher, C., Kedar, B. Z., Mcneill, J. R., Yoffee, N. (2015). The Cambridge world history: Structures, spaces, and boundary making. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • China in 2008: A year of great significance. (co-ed.). Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009.

Articles and chapters in edited volumesEdit

  • The environment and world history. (co-ed.) Berkeley : University of California Press, 2009.
  • “Orthopraxy, orthodoxy, and the goddess(es) of Taishan [examination of the Bixia yuanjun cult].” Modern China 33.1 (2007) 22-46.
  • “Region and world in economic history: the early modern / modern divide” Transactions of the International Conference of Eastern Studies 52 (2007) 41-55.
  • “Standards of living in eighteenth-century China: regional differences, temporal trends, and incomplete evidence” In: Allen, Robert C.; Bengtsson, Tommy; Dribe, Martin, eds. Living standards in the past: new perspectives on well-being in Asia and Europe. (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005): 23-54.
  • “Women's work and the economics of respectability [boundaries]” In: Goodman, Bryna; Larson, Wendy, eds. Gender in motion: divisions of labor and cultural change in late imperial and modern China (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005): 239-263.
  • “Women's work, family, and economic development in Europe and East Asia: long-term trajectories and contemporary comparisons” In: Arrighi, Giovanni; Hamashita, Takeshi; Selden, Mark, eds. The resurgence of East Asia: 500, 150 and 50 year perspectives (London; New York: Routledge, 2003): 124-172.
  • “Facts are stubborn things: a response to Philip Huang” Journal of Asian Studies 62.1 (February 2003): 167-181.
  • “Political economy and ecology on the eve of industrialization: Europe, China, and the global conjuncture” American Historical Review 107.2 (April 2002) 425-446.
  • “Beyond the East-West binary: resituating development paths in the eighteenth-century world” Journal of Asian Studies 61.2 (May 2002) 539-590.
  • “Is there an East Asian development path? Long-term comparisons, constraints, and continuities” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 44, pt.3 (Aug 2001) 322-362.
  • “Re-thinking the late imperial Chinese economy: development, disaggregation and decline, circa 1730-1930” Itinerario 24.3-4 (2000) 29-74.
  • "Ritual Imitation and Political Identity in North China: The late Imperial Legacy and the Chinese National State Revisited," Twentieth Century China 23:1 Fall, 1997.
  • "Power, Gender and Pluralism in the cult of the Goddess of Taishan," in R. Bin Wong, Theodore Huters, and Pauline Yu, eds., Culture and State in Chinese History (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1997).
  • “"Traditional' Chinese business forms revisited: family, firm, and financing in the history of the Yutang Company of Jining, 1779-1956.” Late Imperial China 18.1 (June 1997): 1-38.
  • “Local interest story: political power and regional differences in the Shandong capital market, 1900-1937” In: Rawski, Thomas G.; Li, Lillian M., eds. Chinese history in economic perspective(Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992) 295-318.
  • "Water to Iron, Widows to Warlords: the Handam Rain Shrine in Modern Chinese History," Late Imperial China 12.1 (June 1991) 62-99.

Awards and honorsEdit


  1. ^ "Kenneth Pomeranz, leading expert on China, appointed University Professor of History". 19 April 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  2. ^ Merkel-Hess, Kate (2014). "Kenneth Pomeranz Biography". American Historical Association. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  3. ^ "A Conversation with Kenneth Pomeranz". Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  4. ^ "American Academy of Arts & Sciences". University of Chicago. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  5. ^ "The John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History". Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Kenneth Pomeranz". Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Book awards: World History Association Book Prize". Library Thing. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  8. ^ "John K. Fairbank Prize Recipients". American Historical Association. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  9. ^ Kenneth Pomeranz, Institute for Advanced Studies, retrieved 20 December 2019
  10. ^ "Elections to the British Academy celebrate the diversity of UK research". British Academy. 21 Jul 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Prof. Kenneth Pomeranz". Dan David Prize. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Kenneth Pomeranz wins 2021 Toynbee Prize". History News Network. Retrieved 29 May 2020.

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