Associate Professor, Director of the History Core
Born and raised in a river town in southeast China, Ling Zhang studied history, philosophy, and literature at Peking University (Beijing) and studied economic and environmental history of medieval north China at University of Cambridge (UK). Before joining Boston College, Ling was a lecturer at Newcastle University, a Ziff Environmental Fellow at Harvard University Center for the Environment, and a postdoctoral fellow in the Program of Agrarian Studies at Yale University. Ling's research interests include Chinese history, political economy, political ecology, science studies, and environmental studies in general. Ling's first book The River, the Plain, and the State: An Environmental Drama in Northern Song China, 1048-1128 (Cambridge University Press, 2016) received the 2017 George Perkins Marsh Prize for the Best Book in Environmental History by the American Society for Environmental History. Ling is currently working on two book projects: "North China during the Medieval Economic Revolution'' and "China's Sorrow or the Yellow River 's Sorrow: Environmental Biographies of a River Community." As an associate researcher at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Ling convenes research seminars and conferences for the Center's "Environment in Asia" series. Ling is a Series Co-Editor (with John McNeill) of the "Studies in Environment and History" book series, published by Cambridge University Press.