A professor of history, Jane Hunter served as associate dean for four years before assuming the position of interim dean of the college for the year of 2010-2011 and then returning to the position of associate dean for 2011-2012. She and her family lived in Shanghai during 2003-04, where she held a Fulbright lecturing grant at East China Normal University, and during 2012-13, she was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the World History Department and the American Studies Program at Sichuan University in Chengdu. She has served as chair of the selection committee for Fulbright lecturers for China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. She currently serves as a consultant on the Luce Foundation’s American Experience Initiative, a collaborative curriculum project with American Studies colleagues in China. Jane Hunter also has an interest in public history, and with colleagues in the History Department, Watzek Library’s Special Collections and the Alumni Office, she has launched the new Lewis & Clark Oral History Project. She serves on the board of the Oregon Encyclopedia.
Her first book, Gospel of Gentility: American Women Missionaries in Turn-of-the-Century China (1984) won Yale University Press’s Governors’ Award, and her second, How Young Ladies Became Girls: The Victorian Origins of American Girlhood (2002) the Outstanding Book prize from the History of Education Society. During the summer of 2005, she participated in an NEH/AHA seminar, “Rethinking America in Global Perspective,” and most recently she has been researching the 20th century trajectories of North Americans born in West China. She published “Women’s Mission in Historical Perspective: American Identity and Christian Internationalism,” in Competing Kingdoms: Women, Mission, Nation and American Empire, 1812-1938 (2010), and in June 2015, she gave a keynote address, “Cross Culture in West China,” for a conference in Kunming, Yunnan, “American Studies in Cross-Cultural Perspective”.