Shana J. Brown

Associate Professor

China: Twentieth-Century, Intellectual and Cultural


Office: Sakamaki B404
Phone: (808) 956-7151



BA Amherst College, 1993; PhD California, Berkeley, 2003


Shana Brown is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of California, Berkeley. She has studied, worked, and traveled extensively in China and Asia. Her area of expertise is modern Chinese intellectual and cultural history, with a special focus on visual culture in its global context. Current research projects include the history of photography in China and the contributions of modern Chinese women as artists, art collectors, and scholars.


Teaching fields / course offerings:


Introduction to the Study of History (Historiography)

World Cultures in Perspective: 1500 to the Present

People's Republic of China

Twentieth-Century China

Chinese Intellectual History

China's Foreign Relations

History of China since the 17th Century

Graduate Seminar in Chinese Historical Literature (bibliography and primary-source readings)

Graduate Seminar in Modern Chinese History (English-language literature review)


Selected refereed publications:


Pastimes: From Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography (University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2011)


Antiquarianism and Sino-Japanese Rivalry: Yang Shoujing in Meiji Japan,” The Role of Japan in Modern Chinese Art, ed. Joshua Fogel. Berkeley: University of California (2013): 69-83.


“Luo Zhenyu and the Predicament of Republican Period Antiques Collecting.” Lost Generation: Luo Zhenyu, Qing Loyalists and the Formation of Modern Chinese Culture, ed. Chia-Ling Yang and Roderick Whitfield. London: Saffron Books (2012): 58-73.


“Sha Fei, the Jin-Cha-Ji Pictorial, and the Documentary Style of Chinese Wartime Photojournalism.” History in Images: Picture and Public Space in Modern China, ed. Christian Henriot and Wen-hsin Yeh. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies China Research Monograph 66 (2012): 55-80.


 “What is Chinese About Ancient Artifacts? Oracle Bones and the Transnational Collectors Hayashi Taisuke and Luo Zhenyu,” Collecting ‘China’: The World, China, and a Short History of Collecting, ed. Vimalin Rijavacharakul (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2011): 63-72.


“Chinese Women as Collectors and Bibliophiles at the Turn-of-the-Century,” Material Women: Consuming Desires and Collecting Objects, 1770-1950, ed. Beth Fowkes Tobin and Maureen Daly Goggin (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009): 279-294.


“Archives at the Margins: Luo Zhenyu’s Qing Documents and Nationalism in Republican China,” The Politics of Historical Production in Late Qing and Republican China, ed. Robert Culp and Tze-ki Hon (Leiden: Brill, 2007): 249-270.