Goodman named a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study

Bryna Goodman
Bryna Goodman

UO history professor Bryna Goodman will spend six months at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, after being awarded a prestigious fellowship at the research campus.

Goodman, who studies modern Chinese history and is director of the Asian Studies Program, will be at the institute from January until July. She plans to use the opportunity to finish researching and writing a book, “Finance and the New Chinese Republic.”

The Institute for Advanced Study is an independent research center that offers memberships, the equivalent of fellowships, to top researchers around the world in the sciences and humanities. It offers scholars the chance to engage in focused research “that produces advances in knowledge that change the way we understand the world.”

Although located adjacent to the Princeton University campus, it is separate from the university. The institute was established in 1930 and past faculty members included Albert Einstein, Kurt Gödel and J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Goodman’s project examines Chinese understandings of economics, nationalism and culture from the time of the first translations of Western economic theory — at the turn of the 20th century — to a stock exchange bubble of 1921-22 and its aftermath. The project brings together the writings of Chinese economists, archives of financial institutions, exchange laws, legal cases, reporting, advertisements and a trove of exchange fiction, a little-known literary genre that emerged at the time of the Shanghai bubble.

Goodman did preliminary work on the project during an earlier fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. This spring, with the help of a UO Faculty Research Award, she will gather materials on finance in other Chinese cities, including Tianjin and Hangzhou.

Also, Goodman has given presentations on the project at Harvard, Columbia, Brown, the University of British Columbia, Academia Sinica in Taiwan and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

The institute’s more than 6,000 former members hold positions of intellectual and scientific leadership throughout the academic world. Thirty-three Nobel laureates and 40 out of 56 Fields Medalists, as well as many winners of the Wolf and MacArthur prizes, have been affiliated with the institute.