Rebecca Nedostup 張倩雯 works at the intersection of politics, culture and society in twentieth century China and Taiwan. She is the author of Superstitious Regimes: Religion and the Politics of Chinese Modernity (Harvard Asia Center 2009), and is currently writing Living and Dying in the Long War: China and Taiwan's Displacements, 1937-1959. She is a co-organizer of the collaborative, interdisciplinary project "The Social Lives of Dead Bodies in Modern China." A second collaborative digital project, Magpie, seeks to connect the work tha scholars do with multiple kinds of texts by allowing researchers to easily create a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for any type of source, whether or not it exists in the digital realm.
Nedostup's research and teaching interests include war, mobilization, and displacement; the long-term effects of mass violence; state-building over the long durée and in comparative light; the social histories of legal and state formations; the theoretical and methodological issues raised by ritual and spatial analysis; and the place of the corporeal dead in historical study.