Edward Rhoads is a historian of modern China. He taught for more than three decades at the University of Texas at Austin; he now lives in Philadelphia, where he is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in China, he has also lived and studied in Taiwan and in Beijing. His research interests lie in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His publications include two studies of the 1911 Revolution: China’s Republican Revolution: The Case of Kwangtung [now Guangdong], 1895-1913 (Harvard University Press, 1975) and Manchus and Han: Ethnic Relations and Political Power in Late Qing and Early Republican China, 1861-1928 (University of Washington Press, 2000); the latter book won the 2002 Joseph Levenson Prize from the Association for Asian Studies as the best book on 20th-century China. Other publications have focused on the history of Chinese in the United States, including Stepping Forth into the World: The Chinese Educational Mission to the United States, 1872-81 (Hong Kong University Press, 2011). He has also written on the history of the bicycle in China, He is currently researching the history of his family in China.