Dr. Herman joined the VCU History Department in 1994 as an Assistant Professor after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1993. During the 1986-87 academic year Dr. Herman attended The Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies at Nanjing University, China; in 1991-92 he was a graduate student in the History Department at National Taiwan University; he was twice a recipient of year-long research fellowships from the National Academy of Sciences and the National Endowment for the Humanities (1990-91 and 1998-99); and in 1997-98 he was awarded the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship at The John K. Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies, Harvard University. For the academic year 2010-11, Dr. Herman was a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. Since 2008 Dr. Herman has been a Visiting Scholar/Associate Member of the East Asia Center at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Herman’s research interests focus on Late Imperial Chinese history (900-1800), in particular Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1636-1912) history, frontiers and border regions, ethnohistory, economic and environmental history, colonial discourse studies, and historical sociology. He has published extensively in his discipline’s leading journals, such as The Journal of Asian Studies, T’oung Pao, Late Imperial China, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Journal of Chinese History, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History, and Oxford Bibliographies, and he has contributed chapters to several prominent edited volumes. In 2007, Harvard University Press published Dr. Herman’s first book, Amid the Clouds and Mist: China’s Colonization of Guizhou, 1200-1700. His second book is titled Financing Empire in Southwest China: Land, Resources, and Local Society, 1650-1750, and is scheduled for publication shortly.