Christopher Isett, Faculty Fellow, Spring 2006
Christopher Isett (History, College of Liberal Arts)
Utilizing medical and forensic reports included in over one million legal records stored at China’s First Historical Archives in Beijing, Professor Isett will examine anthropometric data and proposes to develop the first national anthropomorphic index of body heights to gauge whether nutrition was improving, worsening or unchanging in China during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He went on to present “Have you eaten, or chifan le meiyou; Nutrition and well being in late traditional China” at the Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago in May 2006. Professor Isett also completed work on the manuscript for State, Peasant, and Merchant on the Manchurian Frontier, 1644-1862 published by Stanford University Press in 2007.