Brown, Shana J. 宗小娜

CCS Faculty
Associate Professor, History
Sakamaki B404: 956-7151
Department: 956-7687
Fax: 956-9600

BA, Amherst College summa cum laude
MA, University of California, Berkeley
PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Professor Brown’s area of expertise is twentieth-century China, with a focus on intellectual and cultural history. Her book Pastimes: From Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography is forthcoming in 2011 from University of Hawaii Press. Pastimes discusses the history of Chinese antiquarianism, examining the relationship between artifact collecting, calligraphy and painting, and historical research. Her next project is a history of photography in modern China.

China-Related Courses

  • History 410 Twentieth-Century China
  • History 417 Chinese Intellectual History
  • History 418 China’s Forieign Relations
  • History 420 People’s Republic of China
  • History 661 Seminar in Chinese History
  • History 713 Chinese Historical Literature

Selected Publications

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

“China’s ‘First’ Female Archaeologists: Rong Yuan, Zhou Yingxue, Zeng Zhaoyu, and Zheng Zhenxiang.” Women Across Asian Art: Selected Essays in Art & Material Culture, ed. Tongyun Yin and Ling-en Lu. Gainesville: David A. Cofrin Asian Art Manuscript Series, University of Florida Press (in preparation, 2023)

“Xia Lingyi, A Female Painter in 19th Century China,” in Bruce MacLaren, ed., When Art Met History: A Symposium on the Richard Fabian Collection, Bonhams (2022)

“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

“Teaching Ai Weiwei in Context,” Asian Studies Development Program Alumni Newsletter 9:1 (April, 2013): 5-6.

“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