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Andrea Goldman

Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Undergraduate Affairs

Contact Information

Email    goldman@history.ucla.edu
Office  5355 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-3368
Andrea S. Goldman specializes in the cultural and social history of early modern and modern China, with particular emphasis on the subfields of urban history, performance, the politics of aesthetics, and gender studies.

Her first book, Opera and the City: The Politics of Culture in Beijing, 1770-1900, uses opera as a lens through which to observe court and city dynamics in Qing dynasty Beijing.

She is currently working on two new projects: the first is a transnational look at the transformation of the ancillary commercial sex culture surrounding Chinese opera performance circa 1900; the second is a history of gossip from roughly 1750-1850.

Goldman teaches the survey of early modern and modern China, ca. 1000-2000 (11B), as well as seminars in early modern and modern Chinese history & historiography, popular culture, and gender & sexuality.

Between language classes and library work, Goldman toured Taiwan with a semi-professional xiangsheng (Chinese comedy) troupe; and while conducting her dissertation research in China, after archive hours, she apprenticed with a professional xiangsheng master in Beijing.


Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley, 2005


University of California Presidentís Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities, 2013-14

Selected Publications

Opera and the City: The Politics of Culture in Beijing, 1770-1900 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012).

“Kunju de ouran xiaowang” (The accidental death of Kun opera), in Hua Wei et al., eds., Kunqu. Chun san er yue tian—miandui shijie de kunqu yu Mudanting [Kun opera’s new spring days—kun opera and The Peony Pavilion mount the global stage] (Shanghai: Shanghai guji, 2009), 354-66.

"Actors and Aficionados in Qing Dynasty Texts of Theatrical Connoisseurship," Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 68.1 (June 2008): 1-56.

“The Nun Who Wouldn't Be: Representations of Female Desire in Two Performance Genres of ‘Si fan',” Late Imperial China 22.1 (June 2001): 71-138.

Graduate Students

Roanna Cheung

Amy Gordanier

Hsiao-Chun Wu