Michael Hill

Associate Professor

Office: Washington Hall 216
Phone: 757-221-3482
Email: [[mghill]]

Michael Gibbs Hill

Associate Professor of Chinese Studies

Michael Hill’s research and teaching interests include the literary and intellectual history of China in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the history of translation, and cultural relations between China and the Middle East.

His first book, Lin Shu, Inc.: Translation and the Making of Modern Chinese Culture, examined the transformation of intellectual work in China at the turn of the twentieth century through the career of Lin Shu, a translator who famously knew no foreign languages. Lin Shu, Inc. was selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2013.

Prof. Hill also contributes regularly as a translator. Recent work includes Jin Tianhe’s The Women’s Bell, the first full-length tract on women’s rights in China, which appeared in The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory (Columbia University Press, 2013); China From Empire to Nation-State by Wang Hui (Harvard University Press, 2014); which was also named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2015; and What Is China? by Ge Zhaoguang, which will be published in spring 2018 by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

In 2016–2017 Prof. Hill held an American Council of Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. His scholarly work has also been funded by the Blakemore Foundation, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the Fulbright fellowship program, the Mellon/ACLS early career program, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Since 2014 Prof. Hill has also held an appointment as Visiting Professor (jiangzuo jiaoshou) in the College of Chinese Language and Literature at Henan University in Kaifeng.