Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Professor Zhang Named Winner of Gaddis Smith Book Prize

Taisu Zhang ’08, Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School, has been chosen as a winner of the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize for his work The Laws and Economics of Confucianism: Kinship and Property in Preindustrial China and England. The Gaddis Smith prize is awarded by the MacMillan Center for the best first book on an international subject by a member of the Yale faculty and consists of $5,000 in research funds in each of the next two academic years. Kate Baldwin, Assistant Professor of Political Science, is the other recipient for 2018.

Zhang works on comparative legal history—specifically, economic institutions in modern China and early modern Western Europe—comparative law, property law, and contemporary Chinese Law. His first book, The Laws and Economics of Confucianism, was published by Cambridge University Press. In dissertation form, it was the recipient of Yale University’s Arthur and Mary Wright Dissertation Prize and the American Society for Legal History’s Kathryn T. Preyer Award. A second book, The Ideological Foundations of the Qing Fiscal State, is in progress. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, Zhang was an Associate Professor at the Duke University School of Law, and has taught at Brown University, Peking University Law School, the Tsinghua University School of Law, and the University of Hong Kong.

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale is the University’s focal point for promoting teaching and research on all aspects of international affairs, societies, and cultures around the world. It draws its strength by tapping the interests and combining the intellectual resources of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of the professional schools. The MacMillan Center seeks to make understanding the world outside the borders of the United States, and the role of the United States in the world, an integral part of liberal education and professional training at the University.

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