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elizabeth lawrence

Elizabeth Lawrence

Assistant Professor of History

Elizabeth Lawrence is a historian of modern China with cross-disciplinary interests in heritage studies and material culture. Her research broadly explores how individuals and communities relate to the past and its material traces under specific historical conditions. She is working on a cultural history of the art of seal carving. Her book explains why this esoteric field on antiquarian calligraphic expression first emerged and how its practitioners secured for it a privileged heritage status despite the waves of iconoclasm that swept China in the 20th century. Other topics of interest include sexual violence in public memory and the intersection of nature and culture in the production of landscape. Dr. Lawrence previously taught at Ball State University.


  • B.A., History and English, Grinnell College
  • Ph.D. and M.A., East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University