Maura Dykstra, Ph. D.
maurad [a] ucla

Maura studies the history of law, economic history, and the history of transition from empire to nation-state.  Her dissertation, "Complicated Matters: Commercial Dispute Resolution in Chongqing, 1750-1911," is available for download here.

Maura graduated from the UCLA Department of History in the summer of 2014.

She is currently working on her book manuscript, while in residence at Harvard University as an An Wang postdoctoral fellow in the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.





Published Papers:

"Beyond the Shadow of the Law: Firm Insolvency, State-Building, and the New Policy Bankruptcy Reform in Late Qing Chongqing"


(with Jeffrey Wasserstrom): "Did China Have a Fin-de-Siècle?" (forthcoming, 2014)


Current Paper Projects:

"Complicated Matters: A New Framework for the Arbitration of Private Disputes in Qing China"

"The Tyrrany of Peace: An Exploration of the Dynamics Behind Extralegal Arbitration"

"The Baojia in Qing China Administration
and Litigation"

"Merchant Organization and State Power in China: 1700 to 2000"


Current Translation Projects:

The Qing law on self-surrender (犯罪自首) -
with Alison Bailey, Frederic Constantine, and Zhang Ning

The Qing market (市廛) code -
with Chiu Peng-sheng