Fei-Hsien Wang is an assistant professor of History, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Liberal Arts & Management Program, at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a historian of modern China, with particular interests in information production, law, and economic life. Her research has revolved around the relationship between knowledge, commerce, and political authority in modern East Asia, especially China. Her new book Pirates and Publishers: A Social History of Copyright in Modern China (Princeton University Press) explores how copyright was understood, appropriated, codified and, most importantly, practiced by Chinese as a new legal doctrine. In addition to a side project on post-imperial China’s imagination and fantasy of imperial pasts, she also has long-term interests in the politics of home cooking and recipe books in East Asia.
She is also a research associate of the Centre for History and Economics at the University of Cambridge.