Marianne Bastid Bruguiere
Professor Bruguiere works on the period before and after the 1911 XinHai Revolution (late 19th century to early 20th century); she is one of the top half dozen scholars of the period worldwide. Her long-running, detailed research has produced numerous books and articles. She puts the revolution in China not only into a Chinese context, but also into the context of the spread of revolutionary ideas from France, and the connections between the Chinese revolutionaries and French Indo-China. Professor Bruguiere also looks at the role of individuals in history, in particular the early revolutionaries including Sun Yat-sen, the leader of the revolutionary movement.
Professor Bruguiere has done a great deal of work in the field of education and education reform. This was one of the key areas of Chinese influence on France in the 18th Century, which led to the introduction of competitive examinations and a merit-based elite. Her understanding of the French system led her to focus at one stage of her work on the reform of education in prerevolutionary China. Professor Bruguiere has worked outside the research world, and has been the deputy director of the Ecole Normale Superieure. She has been heavily involved in academic relations between France, China and Taiwan, and holds honorary positions in both places.