Eugenio Menegon (B.A. in Oriental Languages & Literatures, University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, Italy; M.A. in Asian Studies and Ph.D. in History, University of California at Berkeley, USA) teaches Chinese history and world history in the Department of History at Boston University, and was Director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia in 2012-2015. His interests include Chinese-Western relations in late imperial times, Chinese religions and Christianity in China, Chinese science, the intellectual history of Republican China, the history of maritime Asia, and Chinese food history. He was Research Fellow in Chinese Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), An Wang Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and Boston University Humanities Center Fellow.
His latest book, entitled Ancestors, Virgins, and Friars: Christianity as a Local Religion in Late Imperial China (Harvard Asia Center Publication Programs and Harvard University Press, 2009; recipient of the 2011 Joseph Levenson Book Prize, Association for Asian Studies), centers on the life of Catholic communities in Fujian province between 1630 and the present.
His new project is an examination of the daily life and political networking of European residents at the Qing court in Beijing in the 17th and 18th centuries. During the academic year 2015-16, he was on research leave to work on this book project as a member of the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (Fall 2015) and as Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College (Spring 2016). For this project he is also the recipient of a Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Scholar Grant for 2016-17.