Joshua Hubbard

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Doctoral Candidate in History and Women's Studies

  • About

    I am broadly interested in the politics of gender, sexuality, and the body in the Republic of China from its founding in 1912 to the present. My research aims to elucidate the reciprocal relations between nation-state building in sinophone East Asia on the one hand and global biopolitics, imperialism, and transnational feminisms on the other.

    My dissertation examines the political dimensions of women’s and children’s health in Nationalist China (1927-1949) with a focus on the efforts of Rockefeller-funded philanthropies, the League of Nations Health Organization, and the Nationalist government to promote prenatal health, modern midwifery, and scientific mothercraft in the context of an interwar imperial social formation. The project draws from more than a year of archival research conducted in China, Taiwan, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States.

    Prior to beginning doctoral studies at Michigan, I earned a Master of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from the Ohio State University and studied Mandarin at the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei. I also lived and worked in the People’s Republic of China for two years, first in rural Henan province and then in Shanghai.


    "Queering the New Woman: Ideals of Modern Femininity in The Ladies' Journal, 1915-1931," Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China 16, no. 2 (2014): 341-362.