Valerie Hansen

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Stanley Woodward Professor of History; DUS, East Asian Studies
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


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 2024
Day/Time: T,Th 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
HIST 502, ANTH 531, CLSS 815, EALL 773, HSAR 564, JDST 653, NELC 533, RLST 803

Archaia Seminar: Law and Society in China and Rome

An introduction to the legal systems of the Roman and post-Roman states and Han- and Tang-dynasty China. Emphasis on developing collaborative partnerships that foster comparative history research. Readings in surviving law codes (in the original or English translation) and secondary studies on topics including slavery, trade, crime, and family.

Term: Fall 2024
Day/Time: M 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
HIST 870

Social History of the Silk Road

An introduction to the social history of the Silk Road from 200–1000 CE through close examination of six archaeological sites in China and one in Uzbekistan. Emphasis on excavated documents (as opposed to transmitted documents) and what they reveal about local society, trade relations, and religious change in the first millennium CE.

Term: Spring 2025
Day/Time: M 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM