Staff Directory


Nancy Hodes, PhD

Professor Emerita of Chinese Language & Culture


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D., Harvard University
  • M.A., Harvard University
  • B.A., Harvard University

Positions Held

  • At SUA since 2000
  • 1991 - 2000, Associate Editor, Mao Project Harvard University Fairbank Center for East Asian Research
  • 1993 - 1995, Associate Director, Boston Research Center for the 21st Century
  • 1991 - 1994, Adj. Assistant Professor, Boston College
  • 1987 - 1989, Assistant Editor, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

Research Interests

  • Late Imperial and modern Chinese literature and intellectual history
  • Literary translation--theory and practice
  • The Chinese community in the U.S.

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • Mao's Road to Power. Revolutionary Writings 1912-1949, ed. Stuart R. Schram, vols I-VII (Associate Ed except vol I) M.E. Sharpe, 1992-2005
  • Translation of four poems in World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time, ed. Katharine Washburn, John Major, Clifton Fadiman, W.W. Norton, 1998
  • "The Joys of Collaboration in Translating Chinese Poetry," China Exchange News 21, 3 & 4, 1993
  • Translation of "Grass Rings," in Festival of Flowers: Essays by Contemporary Chinese Women, ed. Zhu Hong, Yilin Publishing House 1995
  • Translation of 29 poems in Women Writers of Traditional China: an Anthology of Poetry and Criticism, ed. Kang-i Sun Chang and Haun Saussy, Stanford Universtiy Press, 1999
  • Translation of "Gone Astray" a poem by Bei Dao, Christian Science Monitor, May 18, 1983
  • Translation of chapters 5, 6, 7 of Critical Reflections on my Pursuit of Learning, by Hsiao Kung-ch'uan, Chinese Studies in History XII, 2, 3, and 4, 1978-79
  • Translation of "Leading the Way," by Chu Min-shen, in Yenan Seeds and Other Stories, Beijing Foreign Languages Press 1976
  • A Chinese-English Dictionary, comp. Chinese-English Dictionary Editorial Committee, Beijing Foreign Languages Inst. (#1) Ed. Comm. member) Beijing Shangwu yinshu guan, 1978

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Introduction to Peace Studies
  • Modes of Inquiry
  • Core I00, The Enduring Questions of Humanity
  • First-year Chinese I
  • First-year Chinese II
  • Second-year Chinese I
  • Second-year Chinese II
  • Intermediate Review
  • Third-year Chinese I
  • Learning Cluster: The Chinese Immigrant Community in Southern California


  • Committee on Scholarly Communication with the PRC Research Fellowship, 1985-1986
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 1985-1986

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