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The Ursinus College History Department welcomes Glenda E. Chao

Welcome Glenda E. Chao, the new specialist in Chinese and East Asian History

Glenda E. Chao is currently a Mellon Interdisciplinary Fellow completing her doctoral degree at Columbia University. Her dissertation, “Cultural Change and Imperial Incorporation in Early China: An Archaeological Study of the Middle Han River Valley (8th century BCE – 1st century CE) uses archeology, anthropology, and history to better determine how “common people” actively shaped “regional culture and identity.” She plans to complete her dissertation by April, and hopes to incorporate in her teaching her passion for archaeology, history, art, and the study of material objects. 

When asked what she most looks forward to in joining the Ursinus faculty, Chao responded that she hopes to inspire “interest in Chinese history, art, culture, and archaeology among Ursinus students.” She is also excited by the prospect of “working with colleagues in raising awareness about the interconnectedness of Chinese and American history and culture within the Collegeville community more broadly.”