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Ebrey, Patricia Buckley (1947–) - Chinese Cultural History

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Patricia Buckley Ebrey was born on March 7, 1947, in New Jersey. Her parents, both of European ancestry, were employed by newspapers. Patricia Buckley attended public schools in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, then the University of Chicago, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1968. While at the University of Chicago she took a course on Western civilization and was motivated to become a historian. She then attended Columbia University, earning a master’s degree in 1970 and a Ph.D. in 1975. Ebrey has also studied classical Chinese, modern Chinese, Japanese, and French.

Ebrey’s first academic appointment, as visiting assistant professor of East Asian studies and history, was at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1975. She was promoted to associate professor in 1982 and to professor in 1985. She has also served as visiting assistant director of international programs and studies and department head of East Asian languages and cultures, both at the University of Illinois. Ebrey was visiting fellow of East Asian studies at Princeton University from 1983 to 1984, and visiting scholar for the Institute for Humanistic Research at Kyoto University from 1990 to 1991.

Ebrey’s main area of scholarly interest is the social and cultural history of China’s Sung dynasty, which ruled from 960 to 1279. She has written four books, edited or co-edited four books, and translated and annotated another two books. She has also written sixteen scholarly articles, twenty-three book chapters, and two teaching aids about Chinese civilization. Her most recent book, The Cambridge Illustrated History of China , was published in 1996, and her next most recent, The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period , was the winner of the Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. As one reviewer argued, the book “should lay to rest forever the one-dimensional image of the pathetic, downtrodden, and historically immutable ‘traditional Chinese woman’—an image that has prevailed too long both within and outside the field of Chinese studies.” Ebrey is also said to have written, in this work, “the most thorough discussion of the spread of footbinding available in English.”

Ebrey’s list of honors and awards includes fellowships with the Whiting Foundation, Columbia University, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Fulbright-Hayes Foundation, the Joint Committee on Chinese Studies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was a University Scholar for the University of Illinois from 1985 to 1988. Ebrey has received seven grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, including three translation grants and a conference grant.

Patricia Buckley Ebrey has served on the editorial board of China Review International , as editor for China to 1644 for the American Historical Association’s Guide to Historical Literature , and as editor for a symposium in Modern China on family life in late traditional China. Ebrey was president of the Tang Studies Society from 1987 to 1989, an elected member of the China and Inner Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies from 1982 to 1985, and on the Executive Committee of the Association for Asian Studies from 1982 to 1984. She also serves on and will chair the 1988 Program Committee for the Association for Asian Studies annual conference. Ebrey has served as co-organizer for several conferences, including the 1989 Conference on Religion and Society in China, the 1988 Conference on Marriage and Inequality in China, and the 1983 Conference on Family and Kinship in Chinese History.

She has also served on professional committees of the American Council of Learned Societies, the Levenson Prize Selection Committee, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People’s Republic of China. She has given lectures or seminars at nearly two dozen universities across the United States and has traveled for study and research in China, Taiwan, and Japan.

Patricia Buckley Ebrey’s interests include Chinese art, especially paintings. She is married to Thomas G. Ebrey, and they have two sons, David and Stephen.


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over 5 years ago

This is taken word for word from http://www.sentimentaltoday.net/National_Academy_Press/0313296642.Greenwood.Press.American.Women.Historians.1700s-1990s.A.Biographical.Dictionary.Oct.1996.pdf (a copyrighted, published book)