Xiaoshun Zeng

PhD Candidate: History


I’m a PhD candidate at the Department of History, and my research focuses on modern China and the history of medicine and public health. I grew up in Zhejiang Province. Before coming to the UW, I received my BA and MA from Peking University in Beijing. My dissertation, entitled “Diagnosing Minorities: Ethnic Health and Nation-state Building in China’s Inner Asian Frontiers, 1949-1964,” studies the history of Chinese public health projects in the ethnic minority regions. In 2016-2017, I conducted research in Inner Mongolia and Sichuan Province. My research and writing have been funded by the Social Science Research Council, American Historical Association, the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, the UW China Studies Program, and the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities. My teaching interests include Chinese History, History of Disease and Public Health, as well as interdisciplinary topics related to Chinese Studies and East Asian Studies.