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Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


Elena Valussi

Title/s: Advanced Lecturer

Office #: Crown Center 552

Phone: 773-508-2222

E-mail: evalussi@luc.edu

CV Link: Elena Valussi CV


Elena Valussi (Ph.D., University of London, 2003; B.A./M.A., University of Venice, 1995) is an Advanced Lecturer in History at Loyola University Chicago where she teaches courses in modern East Asian and Chinese history.  Prof. Valussi has written on Chinese gender, religious, and intellectual history including the influence of women's Qigong in the United States, interpretation of Nüdan in historical context, and the impact of gender ideas in Asian medicine.   Her current research examines the relationship of printing and religion during the Qing dynasty, in particular with the alchemical author Fu Jinquan.  She is also exploring Daoist ideas regarding the female body in various periods of Chinese history. 

Prof. Valussi is active in numerous professional organizations.  She is currently co-chair of the Daoist Studies Group of the American Academy of Religions, a position she will hold until 2015. Valussi also served on the Daoist Studies Group Steering Committee from 2010 to 2012. She currently sits on the Editorial Committee of the International Daozang Jiyao Project at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Research Interests

Chinese history and religion, gender in China, Daoism, late imperial Chinese intellectual history

Courses Taught

HIST 208: Modern East Asian History

HIST 296: Gender in East Asian History

HIST 300X: Modern Chinese History through Film

Selected Publications

《道教研究學報:宗教、歷史與社會》第四期(2012) Daoism: Religion, History and Society, No. 4 (2012): 1–52. (“Printing and Religion in the Life of Fu. Jinquan Alchemical Writer, Religious Leader, and Publisher in Sichuan”)

“Gender and Sexuality,” co-written with Julia Huang and David Palmer, in David A. Palmer, Glenn Shive and Philip Wickeri, eds.,Religion in Chinese Societies: Communities, Practices and Public Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

“Women's Qigong in America: Tradition, Adaptation, and New Trends,” Journal of Daoist Studies, vol. 3 (2010).

“Female Alchemy and Paratext: How to Read Nüdan in a Historical Context,” Asia Major, vol. 21, no. 2 (2008).

“Blood, Tigers, Dragons: The Physiology of Transcendence for Women,” IASTAM Journal of Asian Medicine vol. 4, no. 1 (2008).

“Men and Women in He Longxiang’s Nüdan Hebian (Collection of Female Alchemy),” Men Nannü, ed., Women and Gender in Early and Imperial China. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, vol. 10, no. 1. (2008).



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