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Susan Mann


  • 1972 Ph.D. Stanford University, Asian Languages
  • 1966 M.A. Stanford University, Asian Languages
  • 1964 B.A. University of Michigan, Honors College, Far Eastern Languages and Literatures


Susan Mann retired from the History Department in June, 2010, after nearly 30 years of teaching in the UC system, first at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1982-1989) and then at UC Davis.

Selected Publications


2011 Gender and Sexuality in Modern Chinese History (New York: Cambridge University Press).

2007 The Talented Women of the Zhang Family (Berkeley: University of California Press). Presently being translated into Chinese, Peking University Press.

1997 Precious Records: Women in China's Long Eighteenth Century (Stanford: Stanford University Press). Translated into Chinese: by Ding Yizhuang and Yan Yiwei, Zhuizhen lu: Shiba shiji ji qi qianhou de Zhongguo funü (Nanjing: Jiangsu renmin chubanshe, 2004); by Yang Yating, Langui baolu: Wan Ming zhi sheng Qing shi de Zhongguo funü (Taipei: Zuo’an chubanshe, 2005).

1987 Local Merchants and the Chinese Bureaucracy, 1750-1950 (Stanford: Stanford University Press).


2009 John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History, American Historical Association, awarded for The Talented Women of the Zhang Family (University of California Press).

2008 Sixty-Sixth Annual Faculty Research Lecturer, University of California, Davis.

2006 “Why Women Were Not a Problem in 19th-Century Chinese Thought.” The 13th Annual Stanley Spector Memorial Lecture on East Asian History and Civilization, Washington University in St. Louis

16 April; also delivered in the Distinguished Lecture Series, Hong Kong Baptist University Golden Jubilee

September 13. 2002-3 National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for University Teachers, for research on “A Family Life: The Zhang Daughters of Changzhou,”

1 July – 30 June, including research in Nanjing and Shanghai

September-December. 2002-3 University of California President’s Fellowship in the Humanities, sabbatical support for research on “A Family Life: The Zhang Daughters of Changzhou,”

1 July – 30 June, 2002 Research Program of the National Program for Advanced Study and Research in China, American Council of Learned Societies and National Endowment for the Humanities, fellowship for research on “A Family Life: The Zhang Daughters of Changzhou,” at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, August-December (declined).

2001 “Nine Lives: Women in Late Imperial Confucian Discourses,” Keynote address, International Conference of the Journal of the History of Ideas: Explorations of Chinese Intellectual History, The Johns Hopkins University Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies

31 May – 2 June, 2000 Outstanding Mentor Award, Consortium for Women and Research, University of California, Davis.

1999 Joseph Levenson Prize for the best book on pre-modern China published in 1997, awarded for Precious Records: Women in China’s Long Eighteenth Century (Stanford University Press)

1999 President, Association for Asian Studies (Past President, 2000-2002; Board delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies, 2000-2004)

1999 “Her Stories: Women’s Lives in China’s History.”

The 36th annual Arthur L. Throckmorton Memorial Lecture, Lewis and Clark College, 22 February; also presented as the 39th annual James Taylor Lecture, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, 21 October.

1999 “Ink, Brush, Man, Woman: Men’s Writings on Women in Qing Dynasty China.”

The 39th annual Edward H. Hume Memorial Lecture, Yale University, 3 February.

1998/99 Funding for two-year pilot project for an intercampus graduate seminar on “Gender in Chinese Historical Studies,” from the Intercampus Instructional Collaborations in History (IICH) of the Intercampus Academic Program Incentive Fund of the University of California, for collaborators at UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz.

1997 Faculty Development Grant, UC Davis, fall quarter

1994 Planning Grant for a Project “Confucian Culture and Gender Relations in China, Japan, and Korea: An Historical Inquiry,” Joint Committee on Chinese Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council

1992-3 Co-Principal Investigator, University of California Pacific Rim Planning Grant, “Gender, Culture, and Society in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong”

1992 Summer Fellowship, Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies, Taipei, Taiwan

1992 University of California President's Fellowship in the Humanities (declined)

1992 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers,

1 October 1992 - 30 September 1993, for preparation of a book Women in Eighteenth-Century China: Gender and Culture in the Lower Yangzi Region (1683-1839).

1992 Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association Excellence in Teaching Award 1991 Fellow, Humanities Institute, University of California, Davis, 1 October - 30 December.

1988 Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China, fellowship for research in Shanghai on “Women and Work in the Household Economy

1900-1949.” Affiliated with the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

1 September-16 December [additional term 1 September-16 December 1989, declined].

1985 University of California, Santa Cruz, Faculty Development Grant for research and study in Tokyo,Japan, January-June; project title: “The Opinions of Hong Liangji: Views of Nature, Self, and Society in Eighteenth-Century China.” Affiliated as a Visiting Scholar with Ochanomizu Women's University.

1984 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for research on “Women in the Local Histories of China: Sexuality and Social Change, 1279-1800.”

1983 Social Science Research Council, summer fellowship for research on “Exemplary Women in Chinese Local Histories,” University of California, Santa Cruz.

1980-81 National Endowment for the Humanities, Postdoctoral Fellowship for preparation of a book, Local Merchants and the Chinese Bureaucracy, 1750-1950.

1975-76 American Association of University Women, Postdoctoral Fellowship for research on merchants and trade organizations in modern China.

1974-75 Social Science Research Council, Postdoctoral Fellowship for research on merchants and trade organizations and the rise of nationalism in modern China.

1973-74 American Council of Learned Societies, Postdoctoral Fellowship for research on scholasticism and politics in 18th-century China.

1969-70 American Association of University Women, Doctoral Fellowship for completion of a dissertation entitled “Hung Liang-chi (1746-1809): The Perception and Articulation of Political Problems in Late Eighteenth- Century China.”