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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).


March 27, 2018 - 4:00pm
Los Angeles, California

Please join the U.S.-China Institute and PEN America for the West Coast launch of the PEN America report on social media in China, Forbidden Feeds. We will discuss the report and Chinese social media more generally. 

April 6, 2018 - 8:00am
Los Angeles, California

"Finding Solutions" will focus on the work of individuals, companies, and NGOs to address some of China’s pressing challenges. We hope you will join this important discussion on April 6.