Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of Modern Chinese History in the Department of History and in the College, was recently appointed faculty director of the Hong Kong Faculty Advisory Board for the University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong. In this role, Professor Pomeranz will ensure that the Campus meets the broad needs of University of Chicago faculty and students and will lead the Advisory Board in reviewing and awarding the annual Provost’s Global Faculty Awards for Hong Kong. He will succeed Professor Kathleen Cagney, Professor in the Department of Sociology, who will have served as faculty chair of the Yuen Campus from July 1, 2020-August 31, 2021.
Professor Pomeranz is one of the world’s leading scholars of modern China. He also played a key role in researching the heritage elements of the Yuen Campus, leading the research team that provided the historical context for the site. This important work resulted in the Heritage Courtyard and Interpretation Centre, which has become an important part of Hong Kong’s historical landscape, bringing thousands of visitors to the Yuen Campus each year and resulting in a highly awarded documentary film, Mount Davis: Citadel to Campus. He has also served as a member of the Hong Kong Faculty Advisory Board since its inception in 2014.