Faculty & Instructors

Elizabeth E. Weber

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

412 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-4251

Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00 am–12:00 pm, or by appointment


Elizabeth Weber's research has focused on the nineteenth-century trade in Chinese labor to the Americas (the so-called "coolie trade") and the numerous layers of meaning that the violences concomitant to that trade created in popular discourse in late Qing China. She has studied the nascent "coolie trade vocabularies" and shifting worldviews that emerged in Sinitic-script news and official reportage in immediate response to the trade (and more generally to Qing China's changing geopolitical position), as well as analyzed the later redeployment of fictionalized "coolie" suffering in nationalist writings of the early twentieth century.

She holds an MA in East Asian Studies from Yale University (2008) and completed a PhD in Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA (2015) with research support from a Fulbright-IIE fellowship (2012-2013). Prior to starting her position at the University of Rochester, she taught courses in Mandarin Chinese and modern Chinese literature at Pepperdine University in California.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • CHI 113  Introduction to Classical Chinese I (Fall 2016)
  • CHI 116  Introduction to Classical Chinese II (Spring 2017)
  • CHI 217  Writing Volatility and Processing Change: A Survey of the Literatures of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in the Turbulent Twentieth Century (Spring 2017)
  • CHI 221  Laborers, Sojourners, Immigrants: Chinese Journeys to the Americas in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Fall 2016)

Selected Publications