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Howard Chiang


  • Ph.D., History, Princeton University, 2012
  • M.A., History, Princeton University, 2008
  • M.A., Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, Columbia University, 2006
  • B.S., Biochemistry, University of Southern California, 2005
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Southern California, 2005


Born in Taiwan and raised in Canada, Professor Howard Chiang joined the faculty of UC Davis in 2017. His first book, After Eunuchs (2018), 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 currently working on a project on the history of psychiatry, psychoanalysis and mental health in global Chinese culture. Prior to coming to UC Davis, he taught at the University of Warwick in England and the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Research Focus

Professor Chiang’s research focuses on the cultural and global history of modern China, with an emphasis on the history of science, medicine, gender and sexuality. His research has been supported by Academia Sinica, the British Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia, and the Wellcome Trust.  His work has pioneered the fields of transgender Asian history, queer Sinophone studies, and the historical epistemology of East Asian medicine.

Selected Publications

Chiang, H. (2018). After Eunuchs: Science, Medicine, and the Transformation of Sex in Modern China. New York: Columbia University Press.

Chiang, H. (Ed.). (2018). Sexuality in China: Histories of Power and Pleasure. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Chiang, H. (Ed.). (2018). The Making of the Human Sciences in China: Historical and Conceptual Foundations. Leiden: Brill.

Chiang, H., & Wang, Y. (Eds.). (2016). Perverse Taiwan. London: Routledge.

Chiang, H. (Ed.). (2015). Historical Epistemology and the Making of Modern Chinese Medicine. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Chiang, H. (Ed.). (2014). Psychiatry and Chinese History. London: Pickering & Chatto.

Chiang, H., & Heinrich, A. L. (Eds.). (2013). Queer Sinophone Cultures. London: Routledge.

Chiang, H. (Ed.). (2012). Transgender China. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Global and Transnational History Nomination, Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo, 2016-17

Young Scholar Award Finalist, European Association for Chinese Studies, 2016

Gregory Sprague Prize for Outstanding Article, Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History, American Historical Association, 2010

John C. Burnham Early Career Award, Forum for the History of Human Science, History of Science Society, 2007

Steven and Kathryn Sample Renaissance Scholar Endowment, University of Southern California, 2005