Elena Valussi received an MA in Chinese Studies from the University of Venice, and an MA and Ph.D. in Chinese History and Religious Studies, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Prof. Valussi’s research has looked at the intersection of gender, religion and body practices in Late Imperial Daoism, and she has published a number of scholarly articles and book chapters in peer reviewed journals on this topic. Her more recent research focuses on Daoist intellectual History and printing in the late Qing and Republican periods. She is the co-chair of the Daoist Studies Group at the American Academy of Religions and a member of the editorial group for the International Daozang Jiyao Project. Prof. Valussi is a full time faculty member of the History Department at Loyola University, Chicago, where she teaches courses on East Asian History and Gender in East Asia.