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Janice Stockard

Janice Stockard, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist specializing in Chinese studies. Her research and publications focus on the effects of globalization and technological change on gender, family, and marriage in China – and cross-culturally. She recently co-authored the first digital cultural anthropology text, Cultural Anthropology: Mapping Cultures Across Space and Time (Cengage 2018), providing students with greater in-depth focus on China than any other introductory text.

Stockard’s first ethnography, Daughters of the Canton Delta: Marriage Patterns and Economic Strategies in South China, 1860-1930, was based on the three years she spent interviewing South China silk workers. Originally published by Stanford Press (1989), Daughters is currently being translated for publication in China. For the new 2024 Chinese edition, Stockard is working with her original research assistant to develop a new introduction focused on strategies of ethnographic interviewing.

In a new expanded 2023 manuscript (under review) Stockard, focuses on the rise and decline of another silk industry. In Tree, Worm & Reel: Silk Roads through New England, 1750-1950, Stockard tracks early U.S. experiments to develop a domestic silk industry, the rise of a regional New England silk culture and its roads back to China.

Janice Stockard outdoors