Zhaojin is Assistant Professor of History at Duke Kunshan University (DKU), and his expertise lies in the economic, business, and industrial history of modern China and the world with a focus on the factories. He is also interested in historical business data analytics and digital humanities. His current book project, Engineering Modern China: Industrial Factories and the Transformation of the Chinese Economy in the Long Twentieth Century, is the first to analyze the remarkable rise of the Chinese factory economy from the late Qing to post-Mao eras. Dr. Zeng is the founder of the CFP – Chinese Factory Project (https://chinesefactory.org), a digital humanities and data analytics initiative that collects and publicizes archival materials and quantitative datasets on China’s industrial development, technological change, and resource utilization. Dr. Zeng holds his Ph.D. in History (2018) from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.Phil. in Social Science (2012) from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. Before joining DKU, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian History at the University of Pittsburgh between 2018 and 2020.
Dr. Zhaojin Zeng
Panel 1: Laissez-faire or State Control
“Between Socialist Impact and Imperial Legacies: The Transnational Making of State Enterprises in Twentieth-Century China”