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


  • Pastimes: From Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography (University of Hawai’i Press, forthcoming in 2011).
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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, 2010 forthcoming): 63-72.