Zhaoqing Han

Membership:  2016

Member Bio

Zhaoqing Han is a professor at the Center for Historical Geographic Studies of Fudan University in China. She received her bachelor of science degree in Geography from Nangjing University and her PhD in History from Fudan University. She worked at Harvard University from 2000 to 2001 and Yale University from 2010 to 2011 as a visiting scholar. Her research explores the historical physical geography of China. She has written papers on climate change in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, and on changes in the lower reaches of the Yellow River and its effects on the landscape of the North China Plain. Currently, her research focuses primarily on the history of cartography in China, and the relationship between human activities and the environmental evolution of western China over the past 600 years.


  • The Evolution of the Relationship between the Yellow River and the Huaihe River. Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 1999.
  • “Desert, Rivers, Lakes, Deltas: Studies in China’s Regional Environmental History.” Shanghai Scientific and Technological Literature Publishing House Co., 2010.
  • “A Study on Abnormal Warm and Cold Winters in the Area of the Middle and Lower Reaches of the Changjiang River during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1440–1899).” Collections of Essays on Chinese Historical Geography, no. 2 (1998): 61–76.
  • “The Evolution of the Maowusu Desert and the Reclamation in the Adjacent Areas in the Ming Dynasty.” Social Sciences in China, no. 5 (2003): 191–204.
  • “New Perspectives on Researching the History of Chinese Cartography: In Response to the Work of Dr. Cordell D.K. Yee.” Fudan Journal (Social Sciences Edition), no. 6 (2009): 76–82.
  • “On the Relationship between Maize Cultivation and the Development of Rocky Desertification in Guizhou from the Mid-Qing to the Republic (1736–1949).” Fudan Journal (Social Sciences Edition), no. 4 (2015): 91–99.