Howard Chiang


Position Title
Associate Professor


Social Sciences and Humanities Building | Room 3225


  • Ph.D., History, Princeton University, 2012
  • M.A., History, Princeton University, 2008
  • M.A., Quantitative Social Science, 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 book, After Eunuchs: Science, Medicine, and the Transformation of Sex in Modern China, received the 2019 International Convention of Asia Scholars Humanities Book Prize. It analyzes the history of sex change in China from the demise of castration in the late Qing era to the emergence of transsexuality in Cold War Taiwan. A new monograph, Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. It proposes a new paradigm for doing transgender history in which geopolitics assumes central importance. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (2019), which was awarded the 2020 Dartmouth Medal by the American Library Association.

Chiang has begun working on two new projects: one on the history of psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and mental health in transpacific Sinophone culture and a second on the intellectual legacy of Michel Foucault in the cognitive revolution. He currently serves as the Founding Chair of the Society of Sinophone Studies. Prior to coming to UC Davis, he taught at the University of Warwick in England and the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Chiang is affiliated with the East Asian StudiesScience & Technology StudiesCultural Studies, and Feminist Theory & Research programs on campus.

Research Focus

Professor Chiang’s research focuses on the history of modern China and global Sinophone cultures, with an emphasis on the critical studies 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 Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, the D. Kim Foundation, the Tang Prize Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust. His work has helped shape the fields of transgender history, Sinophone studies, and the historical epistemology of East Asian medicine.

Selected Publications

  • Chiang, H. (2021). Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Chiang, H., & Wong, A. K. (Eds.). (2020). Keywords in Queer Sinophone Studies. London: Routledge.
  • Chiang, H. (Ed.). (2019). The Making of the Human Sciences in China: Historical and Conceptual Foundations. Leiden: Brill.
  • Chiang, H. (Ed.). (2019). Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (3 vols). Farmington Hills: Charles Scribner's Sons.
  • 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., & 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.


  • East Asian Civilization: China (HIS 9A) 
  • Sex, Science, and Society: A Global History (HIS/STS 16) 
  • Undergraduate Proseminar in the History of Sexuality in Modern China (HIS 102H)
  • Themes in World History (HIS 110)
  • The Rise of Modern Science in China (HIS 135B)
  • The Chinese Revolution (HIS 191E)
  • History of the People's Republic of China (HIS 191F)
  • Special Topics in Chinese History After 1800 (HIS 191H)
  • Sources and General Literature of History: Modern China (HIS 201G)
  • Cross-Cultural Women's and Gender History: Global Intimacies (HIS 201Q)
  • Global Sexualities: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives (HIS 201X/CST 204)
  • Major Issues in Historical Interpretation: China (202F).


  • Dartmouth Medal for Excellence in Reference, Reference and User Services Association, American Library Association, 2020
  • Best Book in the Humanities Prize (Biennial), International Convention of Asia Scholars, 2019
  • Yu Ying-shih Award in Humanities Research (Monographic Book Category), Academia Sinica and Tang Prize Foundation, 2018
  • 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