Ying Zhang

Ying Zhang

Ying Zhang

Associate Professor, History; Director, Institute for Chinese Studies


169 Dulles Hall
230 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH,

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Areas of Expertise

  • Gender History
  • Pre-modern Chinese history


  • Ph.D. History and Women's Studies, The University of Michigan, 2010
  • M.A. Women's Studies, University of Cincinnati; M.A. Comparative Cultures, Osaka Prefectural University (Osaka, Japan)
  • B.A. English Literature, Renmin University of China (Beijing, China)


My dissertation, "Politics and Morality during the Ming-Qing Dynastic Transition: 1570-1670," is a study of how literati-official gender and sexual norms intersected with politics. By looking into how gender practices shaped and were shaped by literati manly virtues (such as loyalty, filial piety, spousal fidelity, etc.), my research sheds lights on the particularities of seventeenth-century Chinese political culture: factionalism, moralism, and sensationalism. I have published on Chinese feminism and masculinity studies, but my speciality is early modern Chinese political history.