Robert Entenmann
Professor of History and Asian Studies,
St. Olaf College

Director of Asian Conversations

鄢華陽教授   圣欧勒夫大学  历史系 亚洲学系
教授 聖オラフ大学   歴史部 とアジア学部

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Curriculum vitae

Fall 2015

History 240: seminar: Imperialism and Nationalism in Southeast Asia

History 250: Chinese Civilization

Chinese language component available in History 250

Interim 2016

History 252: Japanese civilization

Spring 2015

Asian Studies 220: Asian Conversations 3: Interpreting Journeys

Asian Studies 399:
Asian Studies Seminar

History 251: Modern China

Chinese language component available in History 251

Other links:
Department of History

Department of Asian Studies

Office Hours
Fall 2015:
TuW 9-10, F 11-12
and by appointment;
Tomson 350. (Please note: I am moving from Holland 513A, where I can often be found. I hold my scheduled office hours in Tomson 350.)


fax 507 786-3462

Academic Administrative Assistants (AAA)

Laurel Brook (Asian Studies) Phone (507) 786-3383

Nancy Hollinger (History)
Phone: 507-786-3176

Robert Entenmann, a native of Seattle, is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A., Far Eastern Studies, 1971, Phi Beta Kappa). He earned an M.A. in East Asian Studies at Stanford in 1973 and a Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages at Harvard in 1982. He first visited China as a member of a delegation of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars in 1972, shortly after relations between the United States and China began to open. In 1975-76 he studied Chinese and Japanese 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 long-forgotten martial arts feature film. In 1980, he married Sarah Johnson, a graduate of Carleton College.

Two years later, in 1982, he moved to Northfield and began his career at St. Olaf College.  Entenmann teaches history and interdisciplinary courses on China, Japan, and Southeast Asia, including Chinese-language Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum components in two Chinese history courses. He has mentored student research in Thailand on the assimilation of Hmong into Thai society (Tong Xiong and Dannia Lor Vang) and in Japan on the Kakure Kirishitan (Brendan Eagan, Naoya Nishino, Erin Plant, and Kirk Sandvig) with grants from the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program. He also collaborated with two Classics majors (Sydney Freedman and Stuart Nelson) in a 2008 Summer Undergraduate Research Program project on the Latin-language diary of Andreas Ly, an eighteenth-century Chinese Catholic priest.

Entenmann's research examines 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 from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Stanford University Press, 1996) and a contribution to Nicolas Standaert, ed., Handbook of Christianity in China, volume 1: 635-1800 (Leiden: Brill, 2001). Five of his essays have been translated into Chinese by Gu Weimin 顾卫民, a historian at Shanghai Normal University, and published in  Yan Huayang 鄢华阳 [Robert Entenmann] et al., Zhongguo Tianzhujiao lishi yiwenji  中国天主教历史译文 (A Collection of translated essays on the history of Chinese Catholicism; Taipei: Yuzhouguang, 2006; Guilin: Guangxi Shifan Daxue Chubanshe, 2010). He has contributed chapters to several other books. Most recently he collaborated with François Barriquand and Joseph Ruellen, M.E.P., in the publication of the journal of a French missionary: Sichuan: Journal de Joachim de Martiliat, vicaire apostolique, 1732-1745 (Paris: Éditions You Feng, 2015), for which he wrote the introduction (translated into French by Father Barriquand).

Entenmann has served as department chair of both History and Asian Studies and is currently the director of the Asian Conversations program. In 1995 he was field supervisor of St. Olaf's Term in Asia and in May, 1997, he was a visiting scholar at Sichuan University on a grant from the American Philosophical Society. 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. In 2007 he gave the fall Mellby Lecture at St. Olaf College on "The Life and Times of Andreas Ly [李安德 1693-1774], Chinese Catholic Priest." Entenmann served as president of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs in 2008-2009. 

He and Sarah have two children - Leah, Carleton '06, and David, St. Olaf '11.

Nyerulung valley, Tibet, 2004