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Ann B Waltner

Department of History 912 HellerH 271 19th Ave S


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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

  • Prof. Ruggles Chosen to Lead Population Association of America (PAA)

    Prof. Steve Ruggles has been chosen president-elect of the Population Association of America (PAA) He will be the first historian ever to lead that organization (more typically its presidents have been sociologists or economists). Steve will serve as PAA president-elect in 2014 and president in 2015.

    This honor is recognition of the great work that Steve has done both in his own research and in supporting the work of other scholars through his work with the Minnesota Population Center. Congratulations, Prof. Ruggles!

    Learn more about the Population Association of America (PAA)

    March 15th, 2014
  • Digital Research Projects by HIST 3959 Students

    In Fall 2013, HIST 3959 - How to Do History was taught by Prof. Donna Gabaccia with a focus on digital history research projects. One additional feature of HIST 3959 this fall was that six graduate students earned graduate credit by working with the undergraduate groups as "project managers."

    Here is a sample of innovative projects from class:

    The Pacific Railroad Surveyors
    Jewish Life in 1930s/40s Minneapolis
    Why Public Education?
    Rustication in the Chinese Cultural Revolution
    Early Scandinavian Cartography
    Korea, Forgotten War?
    Political Leadership and Masculinity

    December 13th, 2013
  • Major Awards for History Profs. Kevin Murphy, Barbara Welke, Donna Gabaccia (2), Kay Reyerson, Elaine Tyler May

    It has been a season for great honors and accomplishments for our faculty. Congratulations to all!

    Donna Gabaccia is one of the recipients of the 2013 University Outstanding Community Service Award
    Donna Gabaccia has been awarded the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective.
    Elaine Tyler May has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013 by The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
    Kevin Murphy is a 2013 recipient of the UofM's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education.
    Kay Reyerson has been awarded the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies by the Medieval Academy.
    Barbara Welke has been named one of the new Distinguished McKnight University Professors.

    April 3rd, 2013

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