Martin W. Huang is professor of Chinese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on the literature and the gender and cultural histories of late imperial China. His publications include Desire and Fictional Narrative in Late Imperial China(Harvard University Press, 2001) and Negotiating Masculinities in Late Imperial China(University of Hawai’i Press, 2006). He is currently working on a book project on mourning, memory, and gender in late imperial China.
Weijing Lu teaches women’s and gender history of China at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of True to Her Word: The Faithful Maiden Cult in Late Imperial China(Stanford University Press, 2008). Her research focuses on family and marital practices of the seventeenth through early nineteenth centuries.
Matthew H. Sommer teaches Chinese history at Stanford University. He is the author of Sex, Law, and Society in Late Imperial China(Stanford University Press, 2000) and is currently completing a book titled Polyandry and Wife-Selling in Qing Dynasty China: Survival Strategies and Judicial Interventions.
Ping Yao is professor of history at California State University, Los Angeles. She is the author of Women’s Lives in Tang China(Shanghai Classic Publishing, 2004), coauthor of Sharing the World Stage: Biography and Gender in World History(Houghton & Mifflin, 2007), and coeditor of the five-volume translation series Contemporary Western Scholarship on Chinese History (Shanghai Classic Publishing, 2012). She is currently co-editing a book under contract with the State University of New York Press titled Gendering Chinese Religion: Subject, Identity, and Body. [End Page 371]
Cong Ellen Zhang is associate professor of history at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the political and social elites, travel culture, and women and the family in the Song Dynasty. She is the author of Transformative Journeys: Travel and Culture in Song China(University of Hawai’i Press, 2011). [End Page 372]