Dr. Aminda Smith is Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University. She earned her BA at Boise State University and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her recent book, Thought Reform and China’s Dangerous Classes: Reeducation, Resistance and the People, focused on Chinese Communist reformatories where agents of the state worked to transform vagrants and other outcasts into new socialist citizens. Her work explores the concept of thought reform as revolutionary praxis and investigates the significance of reeducation centers, as symbolic spaces and as brick-and-mortar institutions within which the “New Chinese People” were created.
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