Professor of History and Chair of the Department
curriculum vitae (pdf)
Laura Hostetler’s work deals with imperial encounters and ethnography in a number of contexts. Her first book, Qing Colonial Enterprise: Ethnography and Cartography in Early Modern China (University of Chicago Press, 2001), examines ethnographic representation in the context of colonial contacts between the Qing empire and culturally non-Chinese peoples residing in frontier areas of southwest China. Her second book, The Art of Ethnography: A Miao Album of Guizhou Province (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005), is a translation (co-authored with David M. Deal) of an ethnographic album produced during the eighteenth century that includes a substantial introductory essay on early modern ethnography in comparative historical perspective.
Professor Hostetler’s research interests include the history of cartography, empire, and encounters between Europe and Asia.