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Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University

Berlin Prize Fellow - Class of Fall 2000

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 a 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 ongoing project 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.

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