Sarah Schneewind, Ph.D.Sarah Schneewind, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of History
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0104
La Jolla, California 92093-0104

(858) 822-0814 
Office: HSS 3062


Sarah Schneewind holds degrees from Cornell University, Yale University, and Columbia University.  She has published two books on the relations between state and society during the Ming era (1368-1644): Community Schools and the State in Ming China, which studies change over time in the local implementation of one central policy, and A Tale of Two Melons, which traces the way the first Ming emperor, his advisors, and others wrote about one lucky omen, and what it meant at the local level. She has also edited a collection of essays on the creation and use of the image of the Ming founder through today, called Long Live the Emperor! She teaches lower-division survey courses on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean history from 1200 BC to AD 1895, and upper division and graduate courses on Chinese history. She has been President of the Society for Ming Studies, and runs a website called "The Ming History English Translation Project."  Her current major project is on shrines to living officials in Ming and what they show about popular involvement in the autocratic, bureaucratic Ming monarchy.  She has also developed a digital tool called The Late Imperial Primer Literacy Sieve (, and researches some transnational comparisons and connections of China with Korea and with the West.  


  • A Tale of Two Melons: Emperor and Subject in Ming China, Hackett Publishers, 2006.
  • Long Live the Emperor! The Uses of the Ming Founder across Six Centuries of East Asian History. Society for Ming Studies, 2008.
  • Community Schools and the State in Ming China, Stanford University Press, 2006.
  • “Beyond Flattery: Legitimating Political Participation in a Ming Living Shrine”, Journal of Asian Studies 72.2 (May 2013): 345-366.
  • "Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence  and King Wu’s First Great Pronouncement", Journal of American-East Asian Relations, Issue 19, 2012. This article can be read, free of charge, at this URL(Portable Document Format).
  • "Clean Politics:Race and Class, Imperialism and Nationalism, Etiquette and Consumption in the Chinese and American Revolutions," The Asia-Pacific Journal, volume 45-3-09.
  • "Is Ren Gui Really Filial?" Ming Studies 20 (2009): 115-120
  • "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle: Imperial Autocracy and Scholar-Official Autonomy in the Background to the Ming History  Biography of Early Ming Scholar-Official Fang Keqin (1326-1376)," Oriens Extremus 48:103-152.
  • "The Analects in the Classroom: Book Four as a First Step,Education about Asia. Spring 2011.
  • "Visions and Revisions: Village Policies of the Ming Founder in Seven Phases, " in T'oung Pao 87 (2002): 1-43.
  • "Competing Institutions: Community Schools and Improper Shrines' in Sixteenth Century China" in Late Imperial China 20.1 (June 1999): 85-106.