Professor of History and Asian Studies; East Asian history
St Olaf College
Northfield, MN 55057 USA
(507) 786- 3427
Robert Entenmann, a native of Seattle and a University of Washington graduate, earned an M.A. in East Asian Studies at Stanford and a Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages at Harvard. He studied at the Inter-University Center for Chinese Language Studies in Taiwan, where he also acted for a couple of days as an extra in a martial arts feature film. In 1980, he married Sarah Johnson, a Carleton graduate. He came to St. Olaf two years later. Entenmann's teaching interests include China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. His current research is on the social history of Chinese Catholics in eighteenth-century Sichuan, a topic that has taken him to archives in China, France, and the Vatican. His publications include two chapters in Daniel H. Bays. ed., Christianity in China (Stanford University Press, 1996) and a contribution to Nicolas Standaert, ed., Handbook of Christianity in China, volume 1 (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2001). Five of his essays have been translated into Chinese by Gu Weimin and published in Yan Huayang [Robert Entenmann] et al., Zhongguo Tianzhujiao lishi yiwenji (A Collection of translated essays on the history of Chinese Catholicism; Taipei: Yuzhouguang, 2006). In 1995 he was field supervisor of St. Olaf's Term in Asia and in 1997 he was a visiting scholar at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. He has served on the board of directors of the Association for Asian Studies and was Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton College in 2002-2003. Entenmann is currently president of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs. He and Sarah have two children - Leah, a 2006 Carleton graduate, and David, a St. Olaf student.