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Yiming Ha

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My research looks into the institutional, military, and fiscal structures of imperial China from the Song to the Ming period, specifically how the Mongols impacted the state's employment and retention of personnel. My secondary research interests largely stems from my primary research and includes comparative state building strategies of nomadic conquest dynasties, the causes and impact of military uprisings, and salaries and stipends as a component of state payments and their relationship with the political and fiscal structures of the empire. I received my BA from UCLA and my MPhil from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. When I am not perusing academic texts or writing papers, I enjoy photography, travelling, reading novels, and playing computer games. 

Fields of Study

Imperial China; Late Imperial China; Mongols; state employment; state formation; state capacity; political history; military history; fiscal history; nomadic history.


Emoluments, Institutions, and the Failure of Bureaucratic Reform in the Yuan Dynasty.” International Journal of Asian Studies
 15, no.2 (2018): 153-93


MPhil in Humanities (History and Anthropology) - HKUST 2018

BA in History - UCLA 2015