Valerie Hansen, PhD

  • Stanley Woodward Professor of History
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • AB, Harvard College
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania
  • With Kenneth R. Curtis, Voyages in World History (Wadsworth CENGAGE Learning, first edition 2010; second edition, 2013);
  • The Silk Road Key Papers, Part I: the Pre-Islamic Period (Global Oriental, 2012)
  • The Silk Road: A New History (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • “The Kitan People, the Liao Dynasty (916-1125) and their World,” Orientations 42.1 (Jan/Feb 2011): 34-42
  • The Place of Coins and their Alternatives in the Silk Road Trade,” in Sichou zhilu guguo qianbi ji silu wenhua guoji xueshu taolunhui wenji [Proceedings of the Symposium on Ancient Coins and the culture of the Silk Road], ed. Shanghai Bowuguan (Shanghai: Shanghai Shuhua Chubanshe, 2011), 83–113
  • The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600, W.W. Norton & Company, 2000
  • “The Tribute Trade with Khotan in Light of Materials Found in the Dunhuang Library Cave,” Bulletin of the Asia Institute 19 (2005 [published in 2010]: 37-46
  • Negotiating Daily Life in Traditional China: How Ordinary People Used Contracts, 600-1400, Yale University Press, 1995
  • Changing Gods in Medieval China, 1127-1276, Princeton University Press, 1990
International activities
  • Silk Road Project
    China (1995-1998)
    The Silk Road Project: Reuniting Turfan’s Scattered Treasures. Principal investigator, ran from 1995 to 1998. The project focused on the documents and art objects found between 1899 and the present in Turfan, an oasis near the city of Urumqi in China’s Xinjiang province. Awarded $170,000 by the Luce Foundation.

Chinese-Mandarin, French, German, Japanese