Dr. Hanchao Lu received his PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the Georgia Tech faculty as an Assistant Professor in the School of History and Sociology in 1994 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and Professor in 2001. He served as Director of Graduate Studies in Tech’s School of History and Sociology from 2004 to 08. He served as the president of the Chinese Historians in the United States (CHUS) and was a visiting fellow of the East Asian Institute, Singapore. He has been an honorary Senior Research Professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences since 1995. Lu is an editor of the refereed journal, Chinese Historical Review and the editor of a 15-volume series, The Culture and Customs of Asia. A specialist in modern East Asian history, Lu published widely in leading journals both in English and Chinese. His recent publications include Beyond the Neon Lights: Everyday Shanghai in the Early Twentieth (California, 1999/2004), which won the Urban History Association Best Book Award, Modernity and Cultural Identity in Taiwan (Global, 2001), and Street Criers: A Cultural History of Chinese Beggars (Stanford, 2005), which won the Cecil B. Currey Book Award of the Association of Third World Studies, A Man of Two Worlds: The Life of Sir Robert Hart, 1835-1911(Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, 2009), The Birth of A Republic: Francis Stafford’s Photographs of China’s 1911 Revolution and Beyond (University of Washington, 2010), which received the CHUS Honor for Academic Excellence presented at the AHA meeting in 2011.