Howard Chiang

Howard Chiang
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Assistant Professor, History
Office: HH 136
Howard Chiang (Ph.D., Princeton University, 2012) is an assistant professor in the global history of science at the University of Waterloo.  He is interested in the cultural and global history of twentieth-century China, with a thematic focus on science, medicine, gender, and sexuality.  His first book, After Eunuchs: Science, Medicine, and the Transformations of Sex in Modern China, analyzes the history of sex change in China from the demise of castration in the late Qing era to the emergence of transsexuality in postwar Taiwan.  He is the editor of Transgender China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Queer Sinophone Cultures (Routledge, 2013, with Ari Larissa Heinrich), Psychiatry and Chinese History (Pickering and Chatto, 2014), Historical Epistemology and the Making of Modern Chinese Medicine (Manchester University Press, 2015), and Perverse Taiwan (Routledge, 2016, with Yin Wang).  He is currently working on a project that explores the role of China in shifting the global terms of social and cultural thought since the 1950s, drawing on examples in the health sciences and contemporary body politics.  In addition, he is completing three edited collections: The Making of the Human Sciences in China: Historical and Conceptual Foundations, Power and Pleasure: Writing the History of Sexuality in China, and the Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History.  Before joining the faculty at Waterloo in 2016, he taught at the University of Warwick, UK.