Susan Naquin works on the social and cultural history of late imperial and early modern China (1400-1900). She earned her B.A. from Stanford (1966), Ph.D. in History from Yale (1974), and taught at the University of Pennsylvania between 1977 and 1992. She came to Princeton in 1993 as a member of both the Department of History and Department of East Asian Studies. She has been Professor Emerita since 2013.
Professor Naquin has written about millenarian peasant uprisings, families and rituals, pilgrimages, temples, and the history of Beijing. She is the author of Millenarian Rebellion in China: The Eight Trigrams Uprising of 1813 (1976), Shantung Rebellion: The Wang Lun Uprising of 1774 (1981), and Peking: Temples and City Life, 1400-1900 (2000); the coauthor with Evelyn Rawski of Chinese Society in the Eighteenth Century (1987); and the coeditor with Chün-fang Yü of Pilgrims and Sacred Sites in China (1992).
Professor Naquin dabbles in the history of collecting, but her current research focuses on material culture and artisanal technologies, considered within the religious world of northern China in the Ming and Qing periods.