Weijing Lu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Weijing Lu, Ph.D.
  • (858) 822-0586
  • Department of History, University of California, San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive MC 0104
    Mail Code: MC 0104
    La Jolla , CA 92093-0104

Weijing Lu has received academic training in classical literature and history in China and the United States. She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Fudan University in Shanghai. In 1993, she came to the U.S. to study, and received her Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis in 2001.

Professor Lu teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Chinese and East Asian history. Her primary research interests include Chinese women's and gender history, the history of the Chinese family and marriage, and late imperial social and cultural history. Her first book, True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China, explores the intellectual controversy and family conflict that surrounded the faithful maidens, and the beliefs, mentality, and lived experiences of these women. Recently, she guest-edited a special issue on China for the Journal of the History of Sexuality (2013).

Professor Lu is currently working on a book project investigating marriage, family relations, and intimacy in late imperial China. The project is making use of abundant (and largely underexplored) personal writings of men and women, including biographies, memoirs, poetry, and correspondences from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Her research has been supported by a number of sources, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Office: HSS 3044

  • True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008.
  • "Beyond the Paradigm: Tea-Picking Women in Imperial China." Journal of Women's History 15.4 (Winter 2004).
  • "Poems on Tea-picking." In 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." Fundan 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).
Meanings of Marriage in China: 1650-1850.
  • 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