Kimberly A. Besio (Kim)

Ziskind Professor of East Asian Studies

Box 4400

Phone: 207-859-4412
Fax: 207-859-4705
Mailing Address:
4400 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8844
Office Hours:
M,W,F 10:00-11:00; T, TH 3:00-4:00; and by appt.


B.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa; M.A. Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley

Areas of Expertise

  • Late imperial Chinese fiction and drama
  • Construction of gender in late imperial China
  • Chinese language pedagogy

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
CN125 AElementary Chinese I
CN126 AElementary Chinese II
EA120 ANature in East Asian Literature and Culture
EA253 AThree Kingdoms in Chinese Literature

Professional Information

Kimberly Besio has taught Chinese language and literature at both Berkeley and the University of Minnesota, and is the Ziskind Professor of East Asian Studies. Her research interests center on traditional Chinese fiction and drama, particularly their influence on the Chinese imagination in areas such as gender construction and visual culture. She has published articles related to these topics in Nan Nu: Men, Women and Gender in Early and Imperial China, Ming Studies, CHINOPERL Papers, Journal of Sung-Yuan Studies, and Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient; and is the co-editor with Constantine Tung of an essay collection titled Three Kingdoms and Chinese Culture. Professor Besio teaches courses in Chinese language and Chinese literature in translation in the East Asian Studies Department.


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