Anna Shields

East Asian Studies

Anna Shields is a scholar of medieval Chinese literature in the Department of East Asian Studies. She joined the Princeton faculty in 2015, having taught at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2007-2015) and the University of Arizona (1999-2006), and at Princeton as a visiting professor in 2006-2007. She also been very active in undergraduate education and advising, and served as the Director of the Honors College at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2007-2011). She studies the impact of social and cultural change on Chinese literary writing. Her most recent book, One Who Knows Me: Friendship and Literary Culture in Mid-Tang China (Harvard, 2015), explored the impact of friendship on a dynamic literary period of the Tang dynasty (618-907). Her current research focuses on the printing, circulation, and interpretation of Tang literature in the later dynasties of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth centuries. Her  teaching has ranged from small graduate seminars in Chinese poetry to large undergraduate lecture courses on Chinese civilization. She is delighted to be a member of the Princeton community and is looking forward to getting to know students at Wilson College.