Cong Ellen Zhang

Cong Ellen Zhang

Associate Professor (2006)

On Leave: Spring 2016

Office Hours: On leave Spring 2016

Office: 256 Nau Hall

Phone: (434) 924-6410

Email: cz5h (at)

Fields & Specialties

Imperial China, especially the Song dynasty (960-1279), elite culture, family, filial piety


B.A. Nankai University, Tianjin, P. R. China
M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle



Transformative Journeys: Travel and Culture in Song China. University of Hawaii Press, 2011.

Xifang zhongguo shi yanjiu, zhongguo gudai sixiang wenhua shi (Western Scholarship on Chinese History, Intellectual History, Song-Qing). co-editor (with Ping Yao). Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2012.

Articles and translations:

"Things Heard in the Past, Material for Future Use: A Study of Song Biji Prefaces." East Asian Publishing and Society 6.1 (2016): 22-53.

“Bureaucratic Politics and Commemorative Biography: the Epitaphs of Fan Zhongyan.” State Power in China, 900-1400, edited by Patricia Ebrey and Paul Jakov Smith (Seattle: University of Washington Press, forthcoming).

"The Rise and Fall of a Northern Song Family: the Baos of Luzhou." Chinese Historical Review, 20.2 (Nov. 2013): 138-158.

"Anecdotal Writing on Illicit Sex in Song China (960-1279)." Journal of the History of Sexuality, 22.2 (May 2013): 255-282.

"To Be 'Erudite in Miscellaneous Knowledge': A Study of Song (960-1279) Biji Writing," Asia Major Third Series, 25.2 (2012): 43-77.

 “Introduction” (Cong Zhang and Ping Yao) to Xifang zhongguo shi yanjiu, sixiang wenhua shi. 13000 Chinese characters. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2012, 1-19.

“Kongzi jisi yu Rujia de yishi sixian” (Chinese translation of Thomas Wilson, “Culture, Society, Politics, and the Cult of Confucius.” In On Sacred Grounds. Harvard University Asia Center, 2002, 1-41.). co-translator (with Kuan-yi Leu). In Ping Yao, Cong Zhang eds. Xifang zhongguo shi yanjiu. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2012, 89-112.

“Between Life and Death: Song Travel Writings about Zhang (Miasma) in Lingnan,” The Journal of Song Yuan Studies 41 (2011): 193-227.

“Sites, Places, and the Empire: Lu You’s Travel on the Yangzi River in 1170” in Medieval Travel and Travelogue. Ed. Jean-François Kosta-Thefaine (New York, AMS Press, 2009), 205-230.

“Communication, Collaboration, and Community, Inn-wall Writing during the Song (960-1279).” Journal of Sung Yuan Studies, 35 (2005), 1-27.

Current Research

I am currently working on a book project, tentatively entitled "Tending to the Family, Managing the State: Filial Piety and Social and Cultural Changes in Song China."

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