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About Jennifer Downs, PhD

I am a Chinese historian with a research focus on the early modern period. I teach an introductory courses on East Asia, a series of three courses covering the entire scope of Chinese history from the Neolithic period to the present, an upper division course on women in Asia, and topics courses, such as Panda Diplomacy. My research, which explores famine policy and ideas about famine, focuses on the dynamic interaction between state institutions and rural society in Ming dynasty China (1368-1644). My work combines institutional and social history. The study of famine policy provides a way of exploring power relationships within local communities, how local elites interacted with the state apparatus, how interactions were affected during times of systemic stress, and how all of these relationships changed over time.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, History, St. Catherine University History Department
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Faculty Advisor, History Club, Saint Catherine University
2019 - 2020 Department Chair, History and International Studies, Saint Catherine University, Department of History and International Studies
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Courses

  • Panda Diplomacy: International Relations and Conservation History in China
  • Revolution and Communist Rule in China
  • Late Imperial China
  • Women in Asia
  • East Asia Since 1600
  • China and Japan in Ancient Times

Education

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1995 PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota ‐ Chinese History
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1987 MA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota ‐ Chinese History
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1984 BA, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado ‐ History
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Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6573

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