Isabella Jackson
Assistant Professor, History

Biography

I joined the Department of History at Trinity in 2015, after three years as the Helen Bruce Lecturer in Modern East Asian History at the University of Aberdeen. Prior to that I taught at the University of Oxford and gained my PhD from the University of Bristol. I research the modern history of China and the global and regional networks that shaped the treaty ports, which were opened to foreign traders by force, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Isabella Jackson, Shaping Modern Shanghai: Colonialism in China's Global City, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 1 - 274pp Book, 2017 URL URL

Robert Bickers and Isabella Jackson, Treaty Ports in Modern China: Law, Land and Power, 1, London, Routledge, 2016, 1 - 320pp Book, 2016 URL

Who ran the treaty ports? A study of the Shanghai Municipal Council in, editor(s)Robert Bickers and Isabella Jackson , Treaty Ports in Modern China: Law, Land and Power, London, Routledge, 2016, pp43 - 60, [Isabella Jackson] Book Chapter, 2016 URL

Introduction in, editor(s)Robert Bickers and Isabella Jackson , Treaty Ports in Modern China: Law, Land and Power, London, Routledge, 2016, pp1 - 22, [Robert Bickers and Isabella Jackson] Book Chapter, 2016 URL

The Shanghai Scottish: Scottish, Imperial and Local Identities, 1914-41 in, editor(s)T. M. Devine and Angela McCarthy , The Scottish Experience in Asia, c.1700 to the Present: Settlers and Sojourners, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp235 - 257, [Isabella Jackson] Book Chapter, 2016 URL

Habitability in the Treaty Ports: Shanghai and Tianjin in, editor(s)Toby Lincoln and Xu Tao , The Habitable City in China: Urban History in the Twentieth Century , New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp169 - 191, [Isabella Jackson] Book Chapter, 2016 TARA - Full Text URL

Isabella Jackson (杰逸), 南京路上的影印统治:条约口岸上海的锡克巡捕 Nanjing Lu shang de Ying-Yin tongzhi: tiaoyue kou'an Shanghai de Xike xunbu ('The Raj on Nanjing Road: Sikh Policemen in Treaty-Port Shanghai'), 上海市国际论丛Shanghai shi guoji luncong (International Review of Shanghai History), 2, 2015, p63 - 92 Journal Article, 2015

Expansion and defence in the International Settlment at Shanghai in, editor(s)Robert Bickers and Jonathan J. Howlett , Britain and China, 1840-1970, London, Routledge, 2015, pp187 - 204, [Isabella Jackson] Book Chapter, 2015 URL

Isabella Jackson, Chinese Colonial History in Comparative Perspective, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 15, (3), 2014 Review Article, 2014 URL DOI

Isabella Jackson, The Raj on Nanjing Road: Sikh Policemen in Treaty-Port Shanghai, Modern Asian Studies, 46, (6), 2012, p1672 - 1704 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Isabella Jackson, Grace, Opium and Empire: The Lives and Careers of William Jardine and James Matheson, Review of Opium and Empire: The Lives and Careers of William Jardine and James Matheson, by Richard Grace , Scottish Historical Review, 96, (1), 2017, p132-33 Review, 2017 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

Isabella Jackson, Review of China's Foreign Places: The Foreign Presence in China in the Treaty Port Era, 1840-1943 , by Robert Nield , China Quarterly, 225, 2016, p279-81 Review, 2016 DOI

Isabella Jackson, Review of Shanghai Sanctuary: Chinese and Japanese Policy toward European Jewish Refugees during World War II, by Gao Bei , Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies , 7, (2), 2014, p422-3 Review, 2014 DOI

Isabella Jackson, Review of The New Asian City, by Jimi Kim Watson , Urban History, 39, (4), 2012, p689-90 Review, 2012 DOI

Research Expertise

Description

I research the modern history of China and the global and regional networks that shaped the treaty ports, which were opened to foreign traders by force in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I have focused in particular on the International Settlement at the heart of Shanghai, examining the transnational form of colonialism in practice there and how it functioned on the ground in the form of the Shanghai Municipal Council. I co-edited a volume, Treaty Ports in Modern China: Law, Land and Power (2016), and my monograph 'Shaping Modern Shanghai: Colonialism in China's Global City' will be published by Cambridge University Press in September (ebook) and October (hardback) 2017. I have also worked on the interconnections between China and the British World, especially India, through my work on the Sikh policemen who worked in the Settlement. I am interested in British understandings of China and am working on a project examining how this developed during the Opium War. My research also concerns social reform in late Qing and early Republican China, and my next major project focuses on how support for and campaigns against the practice of keeping mui tsai or purchased 'adopted daughters' reveal changing notions of childhood in modern China.

Keywords

Chinese History; Imperial and colonial history; Urban History

Recognition

Awards and Honours

Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grant 2016

Grace Lawless Lee Fund award 2017

Grace Lawless Lee Fund award 2016

Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant (returned due to leaving Scotland) 2015

British Inter-university China Centre AHRC award of £10,000 to lead the Chinese Urban Studies Network 2012-14

Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Aberdeen - nominated 2015

Annual Faculty Prize for Best Dissertation in the Arts 2012

Library of Congress AHRC/ESRC Scholarship 2011

Worldwide Universities Network Award 2010

Paula Sandri Prize in Recognition of Innovative and Original Research 2009

British Inter-university China Centre ESRC full 2+3 scholarship 2006-2011

British Association of Chinese Studies Scholarship for Chinese Language Study at the Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 2008

Memberships

Association for Asian Studies 2012

Irish Association for Asian Studies 2016

British Association for Chinese Studies 2009

Universities' China Committee in London 2013 – 2015