• Biographical Description

  • I am an associate professor of history at the University of Denver and the author of Forgotten Disease: Illnesses Transformed in Chinese Medicine (Stanford University Press, 2017).

    My teaching and research interests lie at the intersection between Chinese history and the history of science and medicine. Broadly, I am curious about how people living in very different times and cultures from my own made sense of the natural world, including their own bodies. More narrowly, in my research I examine changing understandings of disease in Chinese society, and relationships between diet and health as Chinese doctors and patients have understood them. I enjoy teaching a wide range of classes, including Imperial China and Modern China, Comparative History of Medicine, Disease in World History, Chinese Science, and Food in East Asian History.

    I am also an associate editor for the journal Asian Medicine. I welcome correspondence from scholars engaged in the humanistic or social-scientific study of traditional Asian medicines who are interested in submitting a manuscript to the journal.

    Before coming to DU, I taught at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina and Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

    See my academia.edu profile for more information about my publications:


    Author interview on Weatherhead East Asia Institute blog

  • Education

  • Education

    Ph.D., M.A., University of Pennsylvania

    M.Phil., Cambridge University

    A.B. Princeton University

  • Contact Information

  • Contact Information

    e-mail: Hilary.Smith@du.edu

    Office phone: 303-871-2953

    Mailing address: History Department, Sturm 366

    2000 E. Asbury Ave.

    Denver, CO 80210


  • Lecture: H. Smith, Vitamins, Chinese Dietetics, and Modern Nutritional Knowledge

    The 4th annual Ma Kanwen Memorial Lecture at the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, England, 5 June, 2020.

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