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Department of History
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0104
La Jolla , California , 92093-0104
(858) 822-0586
H&SS Room: 3044

Curriculum Vitae

Weijing Lu received her B.A. in history and M.A. in literature from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She came to the U.S. to study in 1993, and received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Davis in 2001. Her research interests include women's and gender history in China, the history of the Chinese family and marriage, and late imperial social and cultural history.



  • True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China (Stanford University
      Press, 2008).  Winner of Berkshire Conference of Women Historians 2008
    First Book Prize.
     Chinese translation: Shizhi buyu: Ming-Qing shiqi de zhennü xianxiang. Jiangsu
    renmin zhubanshe, 2010.


  • “Chinese Women’s Studies in the United States.” In Zhang Haihui et al eds.
      Chinese Studies in North America – Research, Teaching and Resources.
      (In Chinese). Beijing: Zhonghua Shuju, 2011.
  •  “ ‘A Pearl in the Palm:’ A forgotten Symbol of the Father-daughter Bond.” Late Imperial
       China 31.1 (June 2010).
  •  “Faithful Maiden Biographies: A Forum for Ritual Debate, Moral Critique, and Personal
      Reflection.” In Joan Judge and Hu Ying eds. Beyond Exemplar Tales: Women’s Biography in Chinese History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.
  • “Personal Writings on Female Relatives in the Qing Collected Works.” In Clara Wing-
     ching Ho ed.  Overt and Covert Treasures: Essays on the Sources for Chinese
     Women’s  History. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2010.
  •  “The Chaste and the Licentious: Female Sexuality and Moral Discourse in Ming
    and early Qing China.” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary
     Journal 5 (2010).
  • “Beyond the Paradigm: Tea-picking Women in Imperial China.” Journal of Women’s
    History 15.4 (Winter 2004).
  • “Poems on Tea-picking.” In Susan Mann and Yuying Cheng, eds., Under Confucian
    Eyes: Writings on Gender in Chinese History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.
  • “Uxorilocal Marriage among Qing Literati.” Late Imperial China 19.2 (December 1998).
  • “Liu Yuxi’s Poem ‘Presented in Fun to the Gentlemen Who Enjoy Flowers’ and the
    Question of His Second Exile to Lianzhou.” Fudan University Journal
    of Social Sciences 4 (1993).
  • “The Guoqing Temple.” In Ten Greatest Temples of China. Shanghai: Guji
      chubanshe, 1992.
  •  “Men of Letters in the Wei and Jin Dynasties and Their Elegies.” Fudan University
    Journal of Social Science 5 (1988). Abridged in Wenshi zhishi (February 1989).

Honors, Awards, Grants

  • ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars,2011-12.
  • The Berkshire Conference First Book Prize, 2009.
  • UC President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities, 2008-09.
  • Faculty Career Development Grant, UCSD, 2006.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2004-2005.
  • Hellman Fellow, UCSD, 2004.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2003.
  • Reed-Smith Dissertation Year Fellowship, UC Davis, 2000-2001.
  • Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund for Grants in Aid of Scholarly Work. 1999-2000.

Current Research

  • Meanings of Marriage in late Imperial China


  • HILD 11. East Asia and the West, 1279-1911.
  • HIEA 137. Women and Family in Chinese History.
  • HIEA 125. Women and Gender in East Asia.
  • HIEA 162/262. Women and the Chinese Revolution.
  • HIEA 171/271. Society and Culture in pre-modern China.
  • HIGR 264. Readings in the Late Imperial Chinese History, 1200-1800