Laura Hostetler
Professor and Chair
History Department


Laura Hostetler’s work deals with imperial encounters and ethnography in a number of contexts.  Her first book Qing Colonial Enterprise: Ethnography and Cartography in Early Modern China (U.of Chicago Press, 2001), examines ethnographic representation in the context of colonial contacts between the Qing empire and culturally non-Chinese peoples residing in frontier areas of southwest China.  Her second book The Art of Ethnography: A Miao Album of Guizhou Province (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005), is a translation (co-authored with David M. Deal) of an ethnographic album produced during the eighteenth century that  includes a substantial introductory essay on early modern ethnography in comparative historical perspective. Professor Hostetler’s research interests include the history of cartography and encounters between Europe and Asia.