Jacob Eyferth

East Asian Languages & Civilizations

Jacob Eyferth, Associate Professor in Chinese History, studies 20th-century Chinese social history, especially the history of the Chinese countryside and how work, technology, and gender affected everyday life in rural 20th-century China. Much of his work focuses on the transitions to and from socialism during the 1950s and ’60s and again during the 1980s and ’90s. His recently published first book, Eating Rice from Bamboo Roots (Harvard 2009), serves as a history and ethnography of rural papermakers living in a remote area of Sichuan. He is currently writing a second book, tentatively entitled Cotton, Work, and Gender in Revolutionary China.