image of Jonathan Spence Jonathan D. Spence is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. He specializes in the history of China since the sixteenth century. A native of England, he was born in 1936. He attended Winchester College from 1949 to 1954, and after two years in the British Army, studied at Clare College, Cambridge University, receiving his B.A. in History in 1959. He received his M.A. in 1961 and Ph.D. in 1965 from Yale and was later appointed to the faculty. He has received honorary degrees from Knox College (1984), Wheeling College (1985), the University of New Haven (1988), Gettysburg College (1995), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1996). He is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles and is the recipient of awards, including the William C. DeVane Medal of the Yale Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for outstanding teaching and scholarship (1978); Guggenheim Fellowship (1979); Director of Seminars for the National Endowment for the Humanities (1977 and 1979); Los Angeles Times History Prize (1982); Vursel Prize of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1983); member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1985); MacArthur Fellowship (1988); member of the Council of Scholars at the Library of Congress (1988); member of the American Philosophical Society (1993); and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (1997). He is currently on the Governing Board of the Yale University Press.