Liza Lawrence is a historian of East Asia. Her research focuses on the history of modern China. Her current book project is a history of the Xiling Seal Engraver’s Society, a Chinese scholarly and artistic association privately founded in 1904 and ultimately nationalized by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a key heritage and commercial institution. The book traces the shifting relationship between culture, commerce, and the state across the twentieth century.
Liza’s broader research interests include visual and material culture, antiquarianism, and the history of everyday technologies. Her book project is an expansion of her dissertation, “The Chinese Seal in the Making, 1904-1937.” She has been the recipient of numerous competitive grants, including the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award. Liza teaches History 150, The West in the World, and a rotating sequence of courses on the history of China and Japan. She joined the Ball State faculty after completing her PhD from Columbia University in 2014.