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Ann B Waltner

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Department of History 912 HellerH 271 19th Ave S

Specialties

  • ritual
  • law
  • religion
  • traditional Chinese social history
  • law
  • gender
  • analysis of historical documentation
  • rumor
  • gossip
  • chinese history
  • world history
  • feminism

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Chinese History, University of California, Berkeley, 1981.

Publications

  • Family: A World History. Waltner, Ann, Mary Jo Maynes, Oxford University Press, Co-Author, 2012.
  • Temporalities and Periodization in Deep History: Technology, Gender, and Benchmarks of “Human Development": Waltner, Ann, Mary Jo Maynes, Social Science History, 36:1 59-83, 2012.
  • Performing the Map and Music of Matteo Ricci: Waltner, Ann, Linda Pearse, Qin Fang, Ming Studies, 62 1-20, 2010.
  • “Tanyangzi in her own Words and those of Wang Shizhen“ : Waltner, Ann, edited by Joan Judge and Hu Ying, University of California Press, Beyond Exemplar Tales: Women’s Biography in Chinese History, 2011.
  • “Remembering the Lady Wei: Eulogy and Commemoration in Ming Dynasty China“ : Waltner, Ann, Ming Studies, 55 75-103, 2007.

Research Activities

  • Transition from Girlhood to Adulthood in China and Europe: collaborative project with MJ Maynes, fall 2012 - ongoing
  • Religion and kinship in late Ming dynasty China: the Story of Tanyangzi
  • Spatial impropriety and other transgressions in Shen Fu's Six Records of a Floating Life
  • Family scandal and political crisis in the domestic life of the sixteenth-century literatus Wang Shizhen, as shown in eulogies and letters
  • comparative family history

Creative Activities

  • The Map and Music of Matteo Ricci: Performance with Sacabuche an early music ensemble, using text pulled from seventeenth century sources, December 2010 - ongoing

Professional Activities

  • Associate Dean for Academic Programs: 1997 - 2000
  • Editor, Jounal of Asian Studies: 2000
  • Co-chair, Program Committee, American Historical Association: 1996 - 1997
  • Member, Program Committee, American Historical Association: 1995 - 1996
  • Member of the Board, Association for Asian Studies: 2000 - present
  • Chair, Levenson Prize Committee: 1995 - 1996
  • Chair, CLA Committee on Curriculum, Instruction and Advising: 1996 - 1997
  • Director, Institute for Advanced Study: 2005 - ongoing

Awards

  • Graduate School Grant-in-Aid, 2001 - 2002
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program, Summer 2002
  • Graduate School Grant-in-Aid, 1990 - 1995
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program, Summer 2001
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1986 - 1987

Courses Taught

  • All 5920 - Topics in Asian Culture
  • Hist 5940 - Topics in Modern Chinese History
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Featured Faculty

  • Jean O'Brien, 2014 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

    Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!

    July 26th, 2014
  • Ann Waltner, 2014 President's Award for Outstanding Service

    Congratulations to Ann Waltner, who is a 2014 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service.

    May 1st, 2014
  • Giancarlo Casale, Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

    Giancarlo Casale has been named winner of this year's Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

    The department's nomination recognized his success in the classroom, his integration of language study and study abroad, his activity as a public intellectual, and his service as DUS.

    Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.

    Congratulations, Giancarlo!

    April 1st, 2014

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