Cameron Campbell will spend the year studying elites in China in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Analyzing historical “big data”, he will look at changes over time in the social and geographic origins of groups of political and educational elites, their success or failure in navigating such major disruptions as the fall of the Qing in 1911, and family background and other influences on the careers of government officials.
His research focuses on demography, stratification, and inequality, especially in historical China and in comparative perspective. For this work, he and his collaborators construct and analyze large longitudinal and individual-level datasets from archival sources. For the last decade he has focused on studies of Qing officials by analysis of their personnel records and collaborations on studies of educational, professional, and other elites during the Republican (1911-1949) era. He continues to conduct research on kinship, inequality, and demographic behavior in historical China and in comparative perspective by analysis of multi-generational population databases.
He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004 and named a Changjiang Scholar by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China in 2017.
For more information, please see his website https://camerondcampbell.blog