James Z. Lee (1952 -) is Chair Professor of History and Sociology and the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He and his colleagues in the Lee-Campbell Research Group construct, analyze, and disseminate Big Social Science Data collections dealing with historical and contemporary China. Their research findings from these data fuel a new scholarship of discovery featured in A New History for A New China, a Coursera Massive Open On-line Course, designed to show how such facts complicate current understandings in Part One of comparative societies, in Part Two of human behavior, and in Part Three of the construction of individual and group identities www.coursera.org/course/newchinahistory1.
Professor Lee’s current research focuses on wealth accumulation and inequality of opportunity in historic and contemporary China, and their underlying and associated socio-demographic processes. His and his colleagues’ analyses of China’s Silent Revolution: the Social Origins of Peking University and Soochow University Undergraduates, 1949-2002 published as a 21 page Chinese article, 无声的革命: 北京大学、苏州大学的学生社会来源 1949-2002, in the January 2012 issue of 中国社会科学杂志 and in August 2013 as a 300 page book with the same title by Beijing Joint Publishing has attracted over one hundred news and editorial print articles, interviews, webcasts, and broadcasts posted on one thousand Chinese websites.
Professor Lee’s published works include seven authored or co-authored books, seven co-edited books or textbooks, and over sixty articles focused largely on the demographic, ethnic, fiscal and frontier history of late imperial China, as well as on the population behavior, social organization, and social mobility of contemporary China. A John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (2004), he is the co-recipient of seven best book or equivalent honors.
Professor Lee’s students and postdoctoral fellows include previous and current professorial faculty at UC-Berkeley, UC-Irvine, UCLA, the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the University of Iowa, Nanjing University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the University of Tübingen, and the University of Washington, Seattle.