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Dr Jennifer Altehenger

Altehenger, Dr Jennifer

Altehenger_JenniferLecturer in Contemporary Chinese History

Address S8.23, Strand Building
Department of History
King's College London
London, WC2R 2LS


Jennifer Altehenger obtained her BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2005 and her doctorate from the Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg in 2010. From 2010 to 2011, she was a nine-month departmental lecturer in Modern Chinese History at the History Faculty, University of Oxford and Merton College. Before arriving at King’s, she was an An Wang postdoctoral fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Modern and contemporary Chinese social, cultural, and legal history
  • History of propaganda and cultural production
  • Everyday life under socialism
  • Transnational histories of socialism 
  • Professional networks in the 20th century
  • Cold War cultural history

Jennifer Altehenger’s main research interest lies in the intersection of social, cultural and legal history of modern and contemporary China. She is currently completing a book manuscript, which examines law propaganda and the dissemination of popular legal knowledge through mass campaigns in the People’s Republic of China. Further projects include articles on popular dictionaries and the politics of language, socialist interior design, political satire, and jurist networks in the 1950s and after.  

Jennifer Altehenger would particularly welcome applications from students who wish to work on: 

  • Modern and contemporary Chinese history (particularly social, cultural or legal history)
  • History of media and propaganda in China
  • Transnational history of socialism (with a focus on China)
For more details, please see her full research profile.
Selected publications
  • “A Socialist Satire: Manhua Magazine and political cartoon production in the PRC, 1950-1960.” Frontiers of History in China 8 (2013) 1: 78−103.
  • “Kopieren für die Revolution: Die Cartoon Reproduktionskampagne in der VR China, 1950-1952.” In: Lena Henningsen/Martin Hofmann (eds.), Tradition? Variation? Plagiat? Motive und ihre Adaption in China, Jahrbuch der Deutschen Vereinigung für Chinastudien 6 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012): 295-308.
  • “The Transcultural Travels of Trends: An Introductory Essay“, co-authored with Laila Abu-er-Rub and Sebastian Gehrig, in: Transcultural Studies 2 (2011): 140-63.
  • “Comic Travels: Disney Publishing in the People’s Republic of China.” In: Anthony Fung (ed.), Asian Popular Culture: The Global (Dis-)Connection. London: Routledge (forthcoming May 2013).
For a complete list of publications, please see Jennifer's full research profile.


  • 4AAH0001 Historical Skills, Sources & Approaches
  • 5AAH1033 China and the World 1790-1945
  • 5AAH1034 China and the World 1937-1999


  • 7YYC0028 Propaganda, Politics and Culture in Modern China
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