Valerie Hansen

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Stanley Woodward Professor of History; DUS, East Asian Studies
On leave: 
Spring 2023
320 York Street, Room 238, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
China to 1600; Chinese Religious and Legal History; Social History of the Silk Road


EAST 470

Independent Study

For students with advanced Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language skills who wish to pursue a close study of the East Asia region, not otherwise covered by departmental offerings. May be used for research, a special project, or a substantial research paper under faculty supervision. A term paper or its equivalent and regular meetings with an adviser are required. Ordinarily only one term may be offered toward the major or for credit toward the degree. 

Term: Fall 2022
Day/Time: HTBA
EAST 480

One-Term Senior Essay

Preparation of a one-term senior essay under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Students must receive the prior agreement of the director of undergraduate studies and of the faculty member who will serve as the senior essay adviser. Students must arrange to meet with that adviser on a regular basis throughout the term.

Term: Fall 2022
EAST 491

Senior Research Project

Two-term directed research project under the supervision of a ladder faculty member. Students should write essays using materials in East Asian languages when possible. Essays should be based on primary material, whether in an East Asian language or English. Summary of secondary material is not acceptable.

Term: Fall 2022
HIST 321, EAST 220

China from Present to Past

Underlying causes of current issues facing China traced back to their origins in the premodern period. Topics include economic development, corruption, environmental crises, gender, and Pacific island disputes. Selected primary-source readings in English, images, videos, and Web resources.

Term: Fall 2022
Day/Time: T,Th 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
HIST 881

China's Age of Discovery

Study of China’s maritime history focusing on the period 1000–1500, culminating with the Zheng He voyages and their cancellation. English-language readings in secondary sources and primary sources in translation; examination of relevant maps in Beinecke’s collection. Separate section for those with a reading knowledge of classical Chinese.

Term: Spring 2023
Day/Time: W 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM