Professor of East Asian Studies, Chair of East Asian Studies, Professor of History


Beverly Bossler (PhD, University of California, Berkeley; A.B., Princeton University) studies the social, intellectual, and gender history of “middle period” China: the Tang, Song, and Yuan dynasties. Her first book, Powerful Relations: Kinship, Status, and the State in Sung China (960-1279), examined the ways that kinship and family relationships shaped political status and social position in the Song dynasty. It has been published in Chinese as 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. Her second monograph, Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Female Fidelity, traced the interaction of gender relations and developments in economic, social, and moral philosophy from the late Tang into the Yuan dynasties. Bossler is also the editor of a volume of articles on gender in late imperial and modern China, Gender and Chinese History: Transformative Encounters (University of Washington Press). Her most recent research focuses on the ways that patronage practices impacted social life in the Tang and Song dynasties.  Prior to taking up her current position at Brown, Bossler taught at Connecticut College and (for more than two decades) at University of California, Davis. At Brown she teaches classes on Tang-Song history, on gender and family in imperial and modern China, and the history of East Asia.


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