Engelmann, Larry D

Engelmann, Larry D

Emeritus Faculty, History


Preferred: larry.engelmann@sjsu.edu


  • Bachelor of Arts, History, Univ Of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minnesota, United States, 1963
  • Master of Arts, History, Univ Of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minnesota, United States, 1965
  • Doctor of Philosophy, History, Univ Of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 1971


Larry Engelmann was born and raised in Austin, Minnesota. He earned his BA and MA degrees in history and economics from the University of Minnesota. He earned his PhD in history and American literature from the University of Michigan. His most recent books and articles have been narratives set in China and Vietnam. Engelmann has been interviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, on "Good Morning, America" and on "Nightline." He was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Young Humanist Award, the first professor in the California state university system to receive that honor. In addition to teaching at SJSU, Prof. Engelmann taught for the 1988-89 Academic Year in Nanjing, People's Republic of China, Johns Hopkins Center for Chinese and American Studies. He has been appointed a visiting scholar twice at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and at Hong Kong University. Professor Engelmann's Special Recognition Awards. Author of the Year 2006, Austin, MN Page Turners award for “Daughter of China.” Nominated for the Kiriyama Book Prize (Books on the Pacific Rim) for “Daughter of China,” September, 1999. Nominated for the National Book Award, September, 1999, for “Daughter of China.” by John Wiley & Sons. Appeared on ABC-TV’s "Nightline," November 30, 1994. Appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and Monitor Radio during book tour, Spring, 1990 Subject of feature story in Reader's Digest,December, 1991. Subject of feature story for the cover story of "Image" magazine, Sunday Supplement for the San Francisco Examiner, June 30, 1991. Tears Before the Rain Selected as Outstanding Academic Book of 1990-1991 by Choice. Goddess and the American Girl selected as Noteworthy Book of 1988 by New York Times. Profiled in front-page Los Angeles Times Story on the teaching of the Vietnam War in universities, 1988. Outstanding Professor of the year nomination from history department and school, 1984,1985, 1986. Appeared on KCBS News Magazine to discuss feature story written for Los Angeles Magazine, December 30, 1983. Appeared on ABC television's "Good Morning, America" in New York to discuss feature story written for Life magazine, July, 1982. Silver Pen Award from San Jose Mercury News for letter to the editor for discussion of the wit and wisdom of tax reformer Howard Jarvis, 1980.