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Goldstein, Joshua

History and East Asian Languages and Cultures

Contact Information
Associate Professor
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
Office: SOS 260
Phone: (213)821-2603


  • Ph.D. (Modern Chinese History), University of California, San Diego, 2000
  • B.A. (Semiotics), Brown University, 1988

Professor Goldstein has been on the USC faculty since 2005. He was an assistant professor at Franklin & Marshall College for 5 years and a visiting faculty member at Yale University in 2002. He lectured at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1998-1999. Additionally, Prof. Goldstein serves on the editorial boards of Zhongguo Xueshu and the Chinese Historical Review.

Selected Publications:

  • Goldstein, Joshua (2007). "Drama kings: Players and publics in the re-creation of Peking opera, 1860-1937," University of California Press.
  • Goldstein, Joshua & Yue Dong, M. (Eds.) (2006). Everyday modernity in China, University of Washington Press.
  • Goldstein, Joshua (2003). "From teahouse to playhouse: Theaters as social texts in early-twentieth-century China," Journal of Asian Studies, 62(3).
  • Goldstein, Joshua (1999). "The making of a cultural icon: Mei Lanfang and the nationalization of Peking opera, 1911-1930," Positions, East Asia Cultures Critique, 7(2).
  • Goldstein, Joshua (1999). "Scissors, surveys and psycho-prophylactics: Prenatal health care campaigns and state building in post-liberation China, 1949-1954." Journal of Historical Sociology, 11(2).


October 19, 2017 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a presentation by Wei Yen (厳序纬), author and veteran businessman, to examine Chinese outbound investment and how American businesses can take advantage of China’s rise to forge win-win partnerships.  

October 24, 2017 - 11:00am
Los Angeles, California

Things China Working Group is an informal group to explore research interest in the material networks, systems, economies, media and practices of communication pursued within China or between China and its national and international partnerships. Open only to USC graduate students and faculty.