Ying Zhang

Associate Professor
I am a historian of early modern China (Ming-Qing periods). I am particularly interested in exploring the history of Confucianism at the intersection of everyday politics and everyday life in the Ming dynasty. My first monograph is Confucian Image Politics: Masculine Morality in Seventeenth-Century China (University of Washington Press, 2016). It explores the rise of a new political culture during the so-called Ming-Qing transition.  
Some of the themes that I have worked on include: Confucian ethics, Confucian political thought, print culture, comparative early modernity, Chinese feminism, and global feminisms. 
I am affiliated with the following constellations in the History Department: 
Global Early Modernity 
Power, Culture, and the State 
History of Religion 
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
I am the co-founder and coordinator for the Pre-modernist Workshop, an interdisciplinary intellectual community that consists of faculty and graduate students who research on and are interested in pre-modern topics or the relationship between the premodern and the modern.
In 2016-18, I co-ordinate a Humanities Institute Working Group “Confinement” at OSU. 
In 2015-2017, I am the graduate chair of the Interdisciplinary East Asian Studies MA program.


Areas of Expertise
  • East Asian History
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality History
  • Comparative Empires
  • Power, Culture, and the State
  • Global Early Modern History
  • History of Religion
  • Ph.D. History and Women's Studies, 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, Remin University of China (Beijing, China)

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