Pierre Fuller is a historian of modern China. His research interests have focused on understandings and forms of disaster relief and philanthropy in late 19th and 20th century China, as well as rural society and the role and development of media on the mainland over the same period. He is currently completing a book manuscript, which is tentatively titled Warlord Relief: Famine and Society in 1920s China. He also serves as editor of the online public resource DisasterHistory.org, a multimedia repository of research on natural and man-made disaster in China’s past.
For the 2015-16 academic year, he is a research fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University, where he is working on a new project examining documentation and memory of humanitarian crises, with a focus on the shaping of public understanding of the major Haiyuan (Gansu) earthquake of 1920 by revolutionary activists and May Fourth intellectuals in China.
Before joining the department at Manchester in 2012, he received his BA from Georgetown University and his PhD from the University of California, Irvine, where his research was funded by a Fulbright, a Schaeffer Fellowship, and a Harvard-Yenching Institute/Peking University Fellowship in Advanced Chinese Studies.
"Music Lessons," Times Literary Supplement, October 19, 2016 (review of Madeleine Thien's novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing)
"Sycophants and Cannibals," Times Literary Supplement, August 7, 2015 (review of Yan Lianke's novel The Four Books)
"The Dog: Stories and The Incarnations: Fictional Forays to a Familiarly Exotic China," Los Angeles Review of Books, November 26, 2014
“Leftist Politics in Interwar China, 1919-1937,”Dissertation Reviews, January 14, 2014 (review of The Politics of Everyday Life: Non-Party Leftists in Republican China, 1919-1937, by Zhu Qian)
Review of Standen, Naomi (ed.) (2013), Demystifying China. New Understandings of Chinese History, Plymouth, UK: Rowman & Littlefield, 244 pages, Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies Vol. 2 July 2013
“China’s Charitable Past,” Op-ed, International Herald Tribune, September 29, 2010
“A Bible for Beijing,” China Heritage Quarterly, September 2010
"Punks at Kinko's," The China Beat: Blogging How the East Is Read, February 19, 2009
"Beijing a la Jasper Becker," The China Beat: Blogging How the East Is Read, September 1, 2008
“Culture and Collapse,” The China Beat: Blogging How the East Is Read, May 30, 2008