Wenkai HE 和文凱
PhD MIT, 2007
Associate Professor

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Full CV
Wenkai He (Ph.D., MIT, 2007), is associate professor of Social Science. Before joining the Division of Social Science of HKUST, he was An Wang postdoctoral fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. His research interests include comparative historical analysis in social science, political economy of state formation, and the political and economic history of China. His manuscript, The Paths toward the Modern Fiscal State: Early Modern England, Meiji Japan, and Qing China, is published by the Harvard University Press in 2013. His current research project, funded by Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council (RGC), is a comparative study about legitimation of state power through social policies such as plague prevention, famine relief and river works in early modern England and 18-19th century Japan and China. In the academic year 2016-2017, He will be a Radcliffe/Yenching Fellow at Harvard University. 
Representative publications:
Paths toward the Modern Fiscal State: England, Japan, and China (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2013)
(bookreviewed by Journal of Asian Studies, International Journal of Asian Studies, American Historical Review, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Enterprise & Society, and Journal of Economic History)
Award Received:
The Paths toward the Modern Fiscal State: Early Modern England, Meiji Japan, and Qing China (Harvard University Press, 2013) is the co-winner of the 2014 Barrington Moore Book Award from the Comparative and Historical Sociology section of the American Sociological Association.
Research Interests
  • The political economy of state formation in Western Europe and East Asia
  • Comparative historical analysis in social science
  • Political economy of development
  • Economic history of early modern and modern China
Courses Taught
  • SOSC 5170 Systematic Methodology of Qualitative Research in Social Science
    SOSC 2260 The World of Politics: An Introduction to Political Science
    SOSC 1190 China and the World: China's Development in Historical and Comparative Perspectives
    SSMA 508 Institutionalism in Social Science
    MGCS 5003 Comparative Studies of State Formation

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