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Dr Federica Ferlanti

Dr Federica Ferlanti

Lecturer in Modern Chinese History

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

+44 (0)29 2087 5649
+44 (0)29 2087 4929
4.29, John Percival Building
Available for postgraduate supervision


A specialist in Modern Chinese History, Dr Federica Ferlanti has particular research interests in China's state building and political history in the 1930s and 1940s. She is currently working on two related projects.

  • The first project focuses on civilian/mass mobilisation in Nationalist China and its impact on political and administrative institutions. 
  • The second project examines the Nationalist government's commitment to the organisation of popular resistance during the war against Japan (1937-1945).


I was born and raised in Italy academically (and physically).

I come from the rolling hills of Tuscany, but I attended university in the north of Italy: my alma mater is Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.

After my graduation, I continued my postgraduate studies first in Cambridge (UK, MPhil), then in Cagliari (Italy, PhD), and finally in Oxford (UK, postdoc). In between and during my PhD and various postdocs, I pursued my research in the United States, the UK, the People's Republic of China, and Taiwan. 

Speaking engagements

  • American Historical Association, 2-5 January, 2014, Washington DC
  • India and China in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Where do History and International Relations Meet? 26-27 March, 2013, Institute for Chinese Studies, Oxford University  
  • New Approaches and Methods in the Study of the War of Resistance Against Japan (1931-45), 6-7 January 2012, Oriel College, Oxford
  • New England Association for Asian Studies Conference, 22-23 October 2011, Wellesley College, Boston
  • Relief and Reconstruction in Wartime and Postwar China, 1937-1949, Oxford University, 10-11 June, 2011
  • Urban Cultural Change in Republican China (1910s-1940s): Dialogues between Cultural Narratives and Historical GIS, September 18-20, 2010 Hong Kong, The Chinese Hong Kong University
  • Europe, Italy and the Sino-Japanese War, April 16-19, 2009, Venice University.
  • World War II in Asia and in Europe: War, Memory and Reconcilation, November 6-8, 2008, Tongji University, Shanghai.
  • Association for Asian Studies, April 3-6, 2008, Atlanta.











MA History

PhDs: Joint Supervisions with Law and Politics (Cardiff University) and South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

Research interests

  • State building and political history in Republican China
  • Civilian/mass mobilisation and society in the 1930s-1940s
  • Political competition between the ChineseCommunist Party and the Nationalist Party
  • The War against Japan with particular reference to the impact of war on state building and society
  • Citizenship and national identity
  • Local History: Jiangxi province