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Office: Social Sciences 405
Department of Sociology
The University of Chicago
Phone: (773) 702-4088
Email: dzhao@uchicago.edu
I am a professor in the Department of Sociology, the University of Chicago. I am interested in political sociology broadly defined. I am also interested in comparative historical sociology, sociology of emotion, ecological sociology, sociological theory and methodology. I have published a book on the 1989 Prodemocracy Movement in China. Among the projects I have completed, there was one on student nationalism, and one comparing environmental movements in Russia and China. I have been working on a book project on historical sociology, which, based on a comparison with the European experiences, is intended to develop an empirically-grounded theory to explain the changes in state, military, economy and philosophy during China's Axial Age (722-221 BC), the unification of China under the Qin Empire (221-206 BC), and how developments in this period shaped China's next two-thousand-year's history.

I was born in Shanghai, and graduated from Fudan. I did my first Ph.D. in Entomology at McGill University and, then studied sociology at McGill. I have two children, Linda and Lily. A recipient of the award, Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science (2009-2010), I am current working on finishing up the book project.

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