Cong Ellen Zhang
Associate Professor (2006)
Director of Undergraduate Studies
On Leave: Spring 2016
Office Hours: T: 11:00-1:00 and by appointment
Office: 256 Nau Hall
Phone: (434) 924-6410
Email: cz5h (at) virginia.edu
Fields & SpecialtiesImperial 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:
“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.
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."