Annelise Heinz

Assistant Professor

Area:  HIST
Areas of Specialization:  Women's History; Histories of Gender, Race, & Sexuality; Transpacific History; Cultural History

Office:  JO 5.104
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-6008

As a history professor at UT Dallas, I teach courses on women's history, as well as the history of gender, race, and sexuality more broadly.

My research and teaching specialize in two primary areas: the interplay of gender, race, and sexuality in twentieth-century American society; and transpacific exchanges between the U.S. and China since the late nineteenth century.

My current book project, Mahjong in America: A Cultural History is a socio-cultural history of how the Chinese game mahjong became American, and how in doing so, it helped create modern America from the 1920s through the 1960s. By examining its trail across ethnic groups and through expatriates, entrepreneurs, immigrants, socialites, and housewives, mahjong tells the story of an American reorientation toward the Pacific in the twentieth century, the tensions between assimilation and cultural continuity that created identifiably ethnic communities, and how women leveraged a game to gain increasing, though contested, access to respectable leisure. It reveals the deeply American experience, sometimes desired and sometimes enforced, of simultaneously belonging and also standing apart.

I firmly believe that writing is a process of thinking, and I have enjoyed working with students on experimental approaches to make writing more productive, accessible, and enjoyable for beginners and advanced writers. I believe that historical thinking provides crucial skills for students to draw meaning from our shared past.

I came to the University of Texas at Dallas from San Francisco, where I lived while studying and teaching at Stanford University. Before beginning graduate work, I taught English at Yunnan University in Southwest China. Previously, I worked in education and social work in Walla Walla, a small town in Washington State and home of my alma mater, Whitman College.

Recent Courses:  View courses taught by Annelise Heinz

Work Samples and Publications:  My article, "Performing Mahjong in the 1920s: White Women, Chinese Americans, and the Fear of Cultural Seduction," was published in Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, Spring 2016. I also served as Associate Producer for a digital version of the late historian Allan Bérubé's fascinating "talking picture show" about a forgotten multi-racial and gay-friendly militant labor union, "No Race-Baiting! No Red-Baiting! No Queen-Baiting!"

PhD, History, Stanford University
MA, History, Stanford University
BA, History, Whitman College, with honors

Curriculum Vitae:  Annelise Heinz's CV

Website(s):  Annelise Heinz - Home