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James Z Lee


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A John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (2004), Professor Lee is the co-recipient of six best book or equivalent honors. One Quarter of Humanity: Malthusian Mythology and Chinese Realities (Harvard University Press, 1999) won the Social Science History Association's Allan Sharlin Award for Best Book in Social Science History and the Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Social Demography from the Population Section of the American Sociological Association. Life Under Pressure: Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900 (MIT Press, 2004) won the Outstanding Book on Asia published in 2003 and 2004 from the Asia and Asian America Section of the American Sociological Association. Liaodong yimin de qiren shehui (Banner Society and the Settlement of Eastern Liaoning) (2004) was named one a top five 2004 history books by the Chinese Academic Yearbook. La population chinoise. Mythes et réalités (Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2006) was a 2007 Prix Jean-Charles-Falardeau finalist for best French-language book in the Social Sciences from The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Prudence and Pressure: Reproduction and Human Agency in Europe and Asia, 1700-1900 (MIT Press, 2010) won the best book published in 2009 and 2010 award from the Japanese Population Association.



  • James Z. Lee. 2012. 中国西南边疆的社会经济 (Society and economy on China’s southwestern frontier, 1250-1850). 北京人民出版社。
  • Liang Chen, Zhang Hao, Li Lan, Ruan Danqing, Cameron Campbell, Lee, James. 2013. 无声的革命: 北京大学、苏州大学的学生社会来源 1949-2002 Silent revolution: the social origins of Peking University and Soochow University undergraduates, 1952-2002). 北京三联出版社.


  • James Z. Lee. 1978. ‘Migration and expansion in Chinese history.’ In Human Migration: Patterns and Policies. William H. McNeill and Ruth S. Adams eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 20-47.
  • James Z. Lee. 1991. ‘Homicide et peine capitale en Chine a la fin de l'empire: Analyse statistique preliminaire des donnees.’ Etudes Chinoises X:1-2 (Autumn): 113-134.
  • Sam Clark, Elizabeth Colson, James Z. Lee, and Thayer Scudder. 1995. ‘Ten thousand Tonga: a longitudinal anthropological study of southern Zambia, 1956-1991.’ Population Studies 49.1 (March): 91-109.
  • Campbell, Cameron, James Z. Lee and Mark Elliott. 2002. ‘Identity construction and reconstruction: Naming and Manchu ethnicity in Northeast China, 1749 1909.’ Historical Methods. 35.3 (Summer):101-116.
  • Shuang CHEN, James Z. Lee, Cameron Campbell. 2010. “Wealth stratification and reproduction in Northeast China, 1866-1907” The History of the Family 15:4 (October 2010): 386-412. Available online, HISFAM-00368, DOI: 10.1016/j.hisfam.2010.10.001. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hisfam.2010.10.001)
  • Cameron D. Campbell, James Z. Lee. 2011. “Kinship and t/he long-term persistence of inequality in Liaoning, China, 1749-2005.” Chinese Sociological Review 44.1: 71-104.
  • Liang Chen, Lee, James. et al. 2012. 无声的革命:北京大学与苏州大学学生社会来源研究,1952-2002 (Silent revolution: the social origins of Peking University and Soochow University undergraduates, 1952-2002). 中国社会科学(Social Science in China) vol 1 (January): 101-121.