Mary Young

Title/s:  Adjunct Professor

Phone: 312.607.0123



Mary Young is an independent scholar, specializing in late imperial and modern Chinese history and law. Her research focuses on the introduction of Western law in early twentieth-century China, particularly in the areas of civil and commercial law. Formerly a practicing attorney in the corporate and trusts and estates departments of Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale), Ms. Young was senior research fellow and administrative director of the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. She received a B.A. (French) from Northwestern University and a J.D. and Ph.D. (History and East Asian Languages) from Harvard University.

Ms. Young has taught courses on imperial and modern Chinese and Japanese history and on law and society in China at Boston College School of Law, Lake Forest College, the University of Chicago, DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, and Northwestern University. She was a student at East China Normal University, Shanghai, PRC, and a visiting scholar with the Institute of Philology at Academia Sinica, Taipei, ROC on Taiwan, and the History Department of Nanjing University, Nanjing, PRC. She also has conducted archival research at the Number Two Historical Archives and Jiangsu Provincial Archives in Nanjing.


BA, Northwestern University
JD, Harvard Law School
PhD, History and East Asian Languages, Harvard University