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Beverly Bossler

Education

  • Ph.D., History, UC Berkeley, 1991
  • M.A., History, UC Berkeley, 1981
  • B.A., East Asian Studies, Princeton University, 1979

About

Beverly Bossler is a historian of High Imperial China (Tang-Song-Yuan dynasties, 618-1368).  She is a Professor of History, Chair of the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, a member of the East Asian Studies program, and is active in the history department’s Comparative Women’s and Gender History cluster.

Research Focus

Professor Bossler’s research focuses on social, intellectual, and gender history, especially in the Tang, Song, and Yuan periods. Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies (funding from the Luce and Chiang Ching-kuo foundations), and the University of California President’s Fellowships in the Humanities. 

Selected Publications

  • Bossler, B. (Ed.) (2015) Gender & Chinese History: Transformative Encounters, University of Washington Press.
  • Bossler, B. (2015) Quan li guan xi: Song dai Zhongguo de jia zu, di wei, yu guo jia 权力关系:宋代中国的家族、地位与国家. Translation of Powerful Relations: Kinship, Status, and the State in Sung China (1998). Jiangsu ren min chubanshe.
  • Bossler, B. (2013) Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Female Fidelity in China, 1000-1400. Cambridge and London, Harvard University Asia Center.
  • Bossler, B. (2012) “Vocabularies of pleasure: Categorizing female entertainers in the late Tang Dynasty.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 72.1 (2012): 71-99.

Teaching

Professor Bossler teaches a lower-division survey of Chinese history; upper division courses on the history of High Imperial China, sex and society in imperial China, and sex and society in modern China; and undergrad and graduate seminars on a variety of topics in Chinese history. 

Awards

  • Luce Foundation/ACLS Collaborative Reading Workshop Grant, 2013-14
  • UC Davis Social Science Dean’s Award for Innovation in Research, 2013
  • University of California Humanities Institute Research Seminar Award, 2010-11
  • University of California President’s Fellowship in the Humanities, 1995-6; 2003-4
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, 2000