Chinese History; Asian History; History of Medicine, Disability and Science; History of Religion; Transnational History
Buffalo NY, 14260
Phone: (716) 645-8404
HIS 181: Asian Civilizations I (origins to 1600): Connections and Movements
HIS 367: Food in Asia
HIS 392: Chinese Medicine in the World
HIS 492: Poisons, Medicines, and Panaceas
HIS 507: Asian Core
HIS 544: History of the Body
As a scholar of Chinese history and the history of medicine, I specialize in the medical culture of medieval China with particular interests in pharmacology, religious healing, alchemy, the history of senses and emotions, and the circulation of medical knowledge in the global context. My first book, Healing with Poisons: Potent Medicines in Medieval China, was published by the University of Washington Press in June 2021. The book offers a cultural history of poisons as healing agents in the formative age of Chinese pharmacology (200–800), highlighting the shifting boundary between medicines and poisons as shaped by technical, political, and cultural conditions. My second book project, tentatively titled Scent from Afar: A Transcultural History of Aromatics in Medieval China, explores the circulation of aromatics along the Silk Road, the local integration of imported knowledge, and the history of smells. For more information, please see my personal website.
I teach courses on both Asian history and the history of medicine. Besides the courses listed above, I also plan to offer the following courses: History of Poisons (HIS 199), China in the World (HIS 391), History of Epidemics, History of the Senses. I am keen in introducing comparative perspectives into my teaching to broaden students’ horizons, and trying creative assignments (multimedia productions, for example) to enrich their learning experience.
Healing with Poisons: Potent Medicines in Medieval China (University of Washington Press, 2021). Open access edition.
Articles and Chapters
“Poisons in the Premodern World.” Encyclopedia of the History of Science (May, 2021).
“Fluid Being: Mercury in Chinese Medicine and Alchemy.” Co-authored with Shigehisa Kuriyama, in Fluid Matter(s): Flow and Transformation in the History of the Body, edited by Natalie Köhle and Shigehisa Kuriyama. Asian Studies Monograph Series 14. Canberra, Australian National University Press, 2020.
“Words, Demons, and Illness: Incantatory Healing in Medieval China.” Asian Medicine 14 (2019): 1-29.
“Poisonous Medicine in Ancient China.” In History of Toxicology and Environmental Health Series: Toxicology in Antiquity, edited by Philip Wexler, first edition, 2015; second edition (Elsevier/Academic Press, 2019), 431-39.
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Publication Subsidies, Spring 2021
Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Diversity and Inclusion Leave Program Award, Spring 2020
Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship, SUNY Buffalo, Spring 2019
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, 2015-16