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:
Ph.D., M.A., University of Pennsylvania
M.Phil., Cambridge University
A.B. Princeton University
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.