Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America

Anne Behnke Kinney

Professor of Chinese


Anne Kinney works on early and medieval China. She has written Representations of Children and Youth in Early ChinaThe Art of the Han Essay, co-authored The Establishment of the Han Empire and Imperial China, and edited and contributed to Chinese Views of Childhood. She is currently at work on Traditions of Exemplary Women: Liu Xiang’s Lienü zhuan, a digital resource for the study of women in premodern China sponsored by the Institute for Advanced technology in the Humanities.


Early Chinese literature, thought and social history; history of childhood in China; history of women in premodern China


Exemplary Women of Early China
The Lienu Zhuan of Liu Xiang
Columbia University Press
April, 2014

A translation of the Lienu zhuan, the earliest Chinese text devoted to the moral education of women, recounting the deeds of both the virtuous and the wicked, stories that have inspired writers and artists for more than two thousand years.

The Establishment of the Han Empire and Imperial China
Greenwood Publishing Group
February, 2005

Representations of Childhood and Youth in Early China
Stanford University Press
February, 2004

Chinese Views of Childhood
University of Hawaii Press
February, 1995