Christopher M Isett

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Department of History
920 HellerH

271 19th Ave S

Educational Background & Specialties


  • The Political Economies of Post-War East Asia: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China
  • The History of Global Capitalism
  • Post-War Global Capitalism
  • The Global Cold War
  • Marxism
  • Comparative Economic History
  • Comparative History and Historical Sociology
  • Agrarian History and Agricultural Change
  • History and Debates on the Transition to Capitalism
  • Late Imperial and Modern Chinese Economic, Social, Legal and Political History
Courses Taught
  • Hist 5934 - Comparative History and Social Theory
  • History 3419: The History of Capitalism
  • History 3478: East Asian Economies since 1930
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Historical Materialism Conference: Uncertainty, Contingency, and Late Development in Taiwan. , November 11, 2016
  • Invited Speaker: “The Agrarian Origins of Modern Japan: Revisiting Thomas Smith" : London School of Economics , 2013
  • Invited Speaker: "Nutrition and wellbeing in C18 China: Preliminary Results" : Academia Sinica, Ming-Qing Workshop , 2012
  • Invited Speaker: "Labor and Migration in the Qing,": Sawyer Seminar Series on Gender Bias in the Past and Future of Asia, Stanford University , 2011
  • Invited Speaker: Academia Sinica , 2009
  • Invited Speaker: Stanford University , 2008
  • Invited Speaker: Chicago University , 2006
  • Invited Speaker: “China and the United States: The PRC’s Export Economy Today”: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, "Understanding China" speaker series , 2006


  • Nutrition and well being in eighteenth-century China: Anthropometric study: ongoing
  • Kinship, Women’s Labor, and China’s Economic Performance in the 17th-21st Centuries: Melissa Brown (PI), Chris Isett (Co-PI); NSF funded research project
  • Making Capitalism: The Politics of Taiwan's Post-War Development:
  • The Social History of Agriculture: From the Origins to the Present Crisis. Isett, Christopher, Stephen Miller, Rowman & Littlefield, Author, 2016. Image
  • The Taiwanese Way: Isett, Christopher, Jacobin. Link
  • State, Peasant, and Merchant on the Manchurian Frontier, 1644-1862. Isett, Christopher, Stanford University Press, Author, 2007.
  • England's Divergence from China's Yangzi delta: Property Relations, Microeconomics, and Patterns of Economic Development. Isett, Christopher, Robert Brenner, Author, 2002.
  • Village regulation of property claims and the social transformation of Qing Manchuria. Isett, Christopher, 2004.
  • Sugar Manufacture and the Agrarian Economy of Nineteenth-Century Taiwan. Isett, Christopher, 1995.
  • Uncertainty, Contingency, and Late Development in Taiwan: Isett, Christopher, Xavier LaFrance and Charles Post , Palgrave, Case Studies in the Origins of Capitalism, 2018.
  • London School of Economics, Department of Economic History, Erasmus Mundus Fellowship of the EU, March 18 - March 29, 2013
  • Visiting Scholar, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, August 15, 2011 - June 15, 2012
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, August 15, 2011 - June 15, 2012
  • Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Grant for Professors, 09.01.10 - 08.31.13
  • Faculty Residential Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Minnesota, January - May, 2005
  • Faculty Fellow, University of Minnesota Humanities Institute, January - May 2005
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 1993 - 1994