Kristin Stapleton is Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. A native of Michigan, she studied at the University of Michigan, Harvard University, National Taiwan University, and Sichuan University. Earlier this year, she serves on the editorial boards of Twentieth-Century China and Education About Asia. Her research interests include Chinese and comparative urban administration, the history of Chinese family life, and humor in history. She is the author of Civilizing Chengdu: Chinese Urban Reform, 1895-1937 (Harvard Asia Center 2000) and Fact in Fiction: 1920s China and Ba Jin’s Family (Stanford 2016). Her current research concerns Chinese cities during WWII and the 1950s. She is a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and an avid tennis player.