Philip Thai

Philip is an Assistant Professor of History at Northeastern University focussing on modern China. At the core of his inquiries is the interplay between law, society, and economy. He is currently working on a study of China’s campaigns against smuggling during the twentieth century which explores the transformation of state authority and the socioeconomic impact of state-building.

Philip holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Between his time as a graduate and undergraduate student, he worked as a consultant and financial analyst in the private sector. He is also an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin Hurst Institute in Legal History. Since 2013, he has been an Associate in Research at Harvard University Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Recently, he was a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS China Studies Postdoctoral Fellow. His interdisciplinary work has been supported by a number of organizations, including the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Fulbright-Hays Program, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI).