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Welcome Annelise Heinz!

Annelise Heinz joins the University of Oregon after being a faculty member at the University of Texas at Dallas for three years. Her research on modern American history coheres around the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality. Her work also engages with the growing field of transpacific history, examining the flows of people, goods, and ideas between the United States and China from the late nineteenth century through the twentieth century. Currently, she is working on a book project about the American history of the Chinese parlor game mahjong, and how its history helps us understand redefinitions of gender, ethnicity, and consumerism in modern American culture.

A related article, “Performing Mahjong in the 1920s: White Women, Chinese Americans, and the Fear of Cultural Seduction,” was published in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Spring 2016. Annelise also served as Associate Producer for a digital version of the late historian Allan Bérubé’s fascinating “talking picture show” about a forgotten multi-racial and gay-friendly militant labor union, “No Race-Baiting! No Red-Baiting! No Queen-Baiting!”

Annelise firmly believes that writing is a process of thinking, and she has enjoyed working with students on experimental approaches to make writing more productive, accessible, and enjoyable for beginners and advanced writers. She believes that historical thinking provides crucial skills for students to draw meaning from our shared past.

As a West Coaster, Annelise is delighted to return to the Northwest. She received her PhD from Stanford University in 2015. Before beginning graduate work, she taught English at Yunnan University in Southwest China. Previously, she worked in education and social work in Walla Walla, a small town in Washington State and home of her alma mater, Whitman College.