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Goldstein, Joshua

History and East Asian Languages and Cultures

Contact Information
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
Director, East Asian Studies Center
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).