City University of New York
Conrad Schirokauer is Professor of History Emeritus at the City University of New York. He received his bachelor’s degree from Yale and his Ph.D. from Stanford, and also spent a year in Paris and conducted research mostly in Kyoto but also in China . His published articles are mostly on Zhu Xi and Hu Hong. Together with Professor Robert Hymes, he edited Ordering the World: Approaches to State and Society in Sung Dynasty China (1993). Reflecting his research interest in Song perceptions of and attitudes toward history he contributed a study of “Hu Hong as Historian” to The New and the Multiple, Sung Senses of the Past, ed. by Thomas H.C. Lee (2004). Professor Schirokauer was associated with an overseas New York University summer graduate program for teachers and remains interested in how history is taught. A textbook author, he has published A Brief History of Chinese and Japanese Civilizations (3rd ed, 2006), with separate volumes on China and Japan as well as Modern East Asia: A Brief History, with Donald N. Clark (2nd ed 2008). He recommends his translation of China’s Examination Hell by Miyazaki Ichisada (1976, 1981) to any Columbia student who feels overburdened by examinations.