R. Kent Guy is Professor of History and East Asian Studies at the University of Washington, where he has served as chair of the Chinese Studies Program, and Chair of the History Department. He holds a B.A. degree in History from Yale, and an MA in Regional Studies-East Asia, with a Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard. He is the author of two books on the history of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in China, The Emperor’s Four Treasuries: Scholars and the State in Late Imperial China, and Qing Governors and their Provinces, and is editor of a volume of essays entitled Limits of the Rule of Law in China. He has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, held research fellowships in Kyoto, Beijing and Taipei, and lectured at Renmin (Peoples’) University in China, Academica Sinica in Taipei and the National University of Singapore, among other places. He has also organized and led many groups, including undergraduate groups, in tours of China, and has won several awards at the University of Washington for undergraduate teaching. This will be his second voyage with Semester at Sea.