Anne Gerritsen - Curriculum Vitae#

Career and education (selected)
  • 2018 Chair of Asian Art, part-time professorship at Leiden University (20% secondment from the University of Warwick)
  • 2016 Professor of History, University of Warwick
  • 2015 - 2022 Director, Global History and Culture Centre, University of Warwick
  • 2013 - 2018 Professor, Kikkoman Chair in Asia-Europe Intercultural Exchange, University of Leiden. Secondment from the University of Warwick
  • 2001 - 2015 Lecturer, Associate Professor, Reader, Department of History, University of Warwick
  • 1992 - 2001 PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
  • 1987 - 1992 MA Chinese Studies (Talen en Culturen van China), Leiden University

External grants, fellowships and awards

In the interest of space, I have excluded this section. I have been awarded grants from the several external grant-giving bodies, including AHRC, British Academy, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Research @ University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), Hulsewé-Wazniewksi Stichting (Foundation to advance teaching and research in the archaeology, art, and material culture of China at Leiden University), Universities’ China Committee London.

Publications: books (single-authored)

The City of Blue and White: Chinese Porcelain and the Early Modern World (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Ji’an Literati and the Local in Song-Yuan-Ming China (Leiden: Brill, 2007).

Publications: co-authored and edited books

Health and materiality in the Indian Ocean World 1600-2000: Medicine, Material Culture and Trade”, with Burton Cleetus (JNU) (under contract with Bloomsbury Academic, to appear in 2022).

Transformative Jars: Asian Ceramic Vessels as Transcultural Enclosures, edited by Anne Gerritsen and Anna Grasskamp. Under contract with Bloomsbury Academic, to appear in 2022.

Writing Material Culture History, edited by Giorgio Riello and Anne Gerritsen. (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015; second edition 2021.)

Reinventing the Economic History of Industrialization, edited by Kristine Bruland, Anne Gerritsen, Pat Hudson, and Giorgio Riello (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020).

Global Gifts, edited by Zoltan Biedermann, Giorgio Riello and Anne Gerritsen (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Micro-Spatial Histories of Global Labour, edited by Christian de Vito and Anne Gerritsen (Palgrave, 2017).

Global Lives of Things: The Material Culture of Connections in the Early Modern World, edited by Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello. (Routledge, 2016).


She teaches a variety of courses at several institutions (University of Warwick and University of Leiden) across the spectrum (from first years to PhD students). Topics include Chinese history, global history, visual and material culture, and history of art. I have also taught in the Victoria and Albert Museum MA programme in History of Design, module entitled ‘Material Connections: The Global History of Trade and Exchange, 1400-1800’ (2010, 2012, 2013).

Public impact activities
  • Appearance on ‘In Our Time’ BBC programme, to speak about the Chinese medic Li Shizhen (2019) and Matteo Ricci (2015)
  • Invitation to write the introduction for the Auction Catalogue for VanderVen Oriental Art, The European Fine Arts Fair (TEFAF) 2016
  • Invitation to appear in public debate to celebrate the publication of a new book on China-Netherlands relations in SPUI25, a platform for public-academic activities linked to the University of Amsterdam, December 2015
  • Presentation on ‘global material culture’ for curators and staff at Compton Verney, 2013
  • Public debate on ‘Science, Knowledge and Globalisation’ at the University of Ghent (Belgium), 28 April 2011
  • Exhibition: entitled ‘Chinese Ceramics and the Early Modern World’ at the Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, September 2010 - March 2011

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