Ronnie Po-chia Hsia

Berlin Prize Fellow - Class of Fall 2000

Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University

American Academy Project: Translating Christianity: Counter-Reformation in Europe & Catholic Mission in China
Current Institution Affiliation: Pennsylvania State University
Current Location: Pennsylvania


Born in 1955 in Hong Kong, Ronnie Po-chia Hsia became a US citizen in 1980. In addition to studies at Swarthmore, Harvard, and Yale, he became acquainted with Germany over a twenty-year period, first as a student in Münster in 1980-81, and subsequently as a researcher with stays in Göttingen, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, and Karlsruhe. He has done research at over twenty German archives, universitites, and research institutions, but his fellowship at the American Academy was his first opportunity to spend time working in Berlin. His field of expertise is the history of the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic renewal as well as the history of anti-Semitism and the encounter between Europe and Asia.

Po-chia Hsia joined the Department of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University as Full Professor of History in 2001. Prior, he was Professor of History at New York University from 1990 to 2001. Po-chia Hsia received numerous international grants and fellowships and has worked as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at the National Chendchi University in Taiwan and at Fudan University and Nanjing University in China. He is the author of A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1553-1610 (Oxford University Press, 2010).

His current book project (2012) is entitled Translating Christianity: China and the Catholic Missions 1584-1780, which investigates the history of cultural encounter between the counter-Reformation in Europe and the Ming and Qing empires. 

American Academy Project

Translating Christianity: Counter-Reformation in Europe & Catholic Mission in China

Po-chia Hsia was awarded a Berlin Prize Fellowship for fall semester 2000 to study the Catholic missions in China in the late Ming and early Ch'ing dynasties for a project entitled "Counter-Reformation in Europe & Catholic Mission in China."