Jianjun He

Degrees: PHD., East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Oregon, 2007; MA., East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Oregon, 2003; BA., Chinese Language and Literature, Northwest University, China, 1993


Areas of Expertise

  • Early Chinese Literature, Cultural History
  • Medieval Chinese Poetry
  • Late-imperial Vernacular Fictions

Research and Professional Background

Jianjun He’s research focuses on the political conceptualization and social perception of the body in early China. He is currently working on a manuscript on this subject. Jianjun He has taught at Northwest University in China and Knox College in Galesburg, IL before joining University of Redlands faculty.

Courses Taught at Redlands

  • CHNS 201 & CHNS 202: Second year Chinese
  • CHNS 301 & CHNS 302: third year Chinese
  • AST 160: Introduction to Chinese Civilization
  • First Year Seminar: Fact and Fable, Entertainment and Enlightenment—Reading Chinese Short Stories

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Asian Studies, Knox College, 2007-2008
  • Lecturer, Northwest University, China, 1993-1999

Professional Experience

  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, 2000-2007

Awards and Honors

  • 1998 Outstanding Teaching, College of International Cultural Exchange, Northwest University, Xi’an, China
  • 1995 Outstanding Teaching Award, Higher Education Board, Department of Education, Shaanxi Province, China


  • 2009 “Do the Four Tones in Mandarin Have Any Meaning?” article review, JCLTA Vol. 44:2
  • 2007 “Burning Incense at Night: A Reading of Wu Yueniang in Jin Ping Mei” CLEAR 29


  • 2009 “The Cloudy Qinling Mountains: The Mystery and History of Han Yu’s Languan Poem,” paper presented at the American Oriental Society 219th annual conference.
  • 2008 “Physicality Erased: The Concept of the Body in Chinese Ritual Texts,” paper presented at the American Oriental Society Midwest Branch conference, co-sponsored by The Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature.
  • 2006 “The Body Politic of Han China—with Reference to Juyan Han Documents.” Chinese Paleography Conference: The Present and Future. Sponsored by the Creel Center for Chinese Paleography, University of Chicago.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Oriental Society
    Association for Asian Studies
    Asian Networks  

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