Dorothy Yin-Yee Ko
|Department||History, Barnard College|
New York NY 10027
Dorothy Ko, a native of Hong Kong, received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Stanford University. A cultural historian of early modern China, she taught at the University of California at San Diego and Rutgers University before joining Barnard. Her first monograph, Teacher of the Inner Chambers: Women and Culture in Seventeenth-Century China (Stanford, 1994), deconstructs the modern nationalist myth of women-as-victims in traditional China. In her second book, Every Step a Lotus: Shoes for Bound Feet (California, 2001), she experiments with using material culture—embroidered slippers in this case—to reconstruct social history. A recent monograph, Cinderella’s Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding (California, 2005), concludes her investigations into the relationship between the body, language, and historical reality. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and an appointment at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton for her current research projects on textiles, fashion, and women’s handwork.