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College of Arts and Sciences

Yue ‘Mara‘ Du

Assistant Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:


Academic focus:

Modern Chinese history

Current research project:

Family law and state building; nationalism and statism

Previous positions:

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, New York University, 2017-2018

Academic background:

  • Ph.D. History, New York University, 2017
  • M.A. History, Peking University, 2011
  • B.A. Sociology, Peking University, 2008

Last book read:

"Twice a Stranger," by Bruce Clark

In your own time/when not working:

Watching waterfalls and observing wild animals

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

The Historical and Global Origins of the Chinese Nation, Family Values

What most excites you about Cornell:

An open and vibrant academic community in gorgeous Ithaca