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Michael Meyer

Associate Professor
CL 609-B

Michael Meyer is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction books The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed and In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Time, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles TimesSmithsonianSlateArchitectural Record, the Chicago Tribune, the Iowa Review, on This American Life, and in many other outlets. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer to China, and has represented the National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations there. He is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar award, and residencies at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy. He is a current fellow of the National Committee on United States-China Relations‘ Public Intellectuals Program and affiliated faculty with Pitt's Asian Studies Center.

The final book in his China trilogy, The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China from the Ground Up, will be published worldwide by Bloomsbury in 2017.


Listen to an excerpt of In Manchuria on This American Life. And watch Michael in conversation with historian Ian Buruma at the Asia Society in New York. 

Michael’s website, which includes links to reviews, interviews, and his journalism, is 




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