Prof. Ying Zhang appointed as next ICS Director

May 9, 2019
Ying Zhang

Prof. Ying Zhang has been appointed to the position of EASC Associate Director and Director of the Institute for Chinese Studies, beginning her tenure on September 1, 2019. Professor Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of History, holds a BA from Renmin University of China, MAs from Osaka Prefecture University of Japan and University of Cincinnati, and a PhD from University of Michigan in history and women’s studies.

Professor Zhang is a highly-regarded scholar who employs a multidisciplinary approach to Chinese studies. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on diverse aspects of Chinese history in addition to her book, Confucian Image Politics: Masculine Morality in Seventeenth-Century China (Seattle, University of Washington Press, 2016). She has also trained numerous MA and PhD graduate students in both History and the Interdisciplinary East Asian Studies MA Program.
Professor Zhang has held leadership positions in several interdisciplinary programs on campus, including co-founding and co-coordinating “The Premodernist Workshop” since 2012 and the Humanities Institute Working Group on “Confinement” in 2016-2018, as well as serving as interim program chair of the Center for Historical Studies in Spring 2017 and graduate studies chair of the Interdisciplinary East Asian Studies MA Program in 2015-2016. She also organized the “History of the Mind Seminar,” which brought together multiple fields in 2018.

EASC would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the Office of International Affairs for making this appointment possible, as well as our appreciation to the interim ICS directors, Professors Marjorie Chan and Patricia Sieber, for serving during 2018-2019. The current ICS director, Professor Sieber, will continue to lead ICS through August 31.

Please join us in congratulating and extending a warm welcome to Ying Zhang.