Ying ZhangAssociate Professor
363 Dulles Hall
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Ph.D., History and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan (2010)
M.A., Women’s Studies, University of Cincinnati (2003)
M.A., Comparative Cultures, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan (2001)
B.A., English Literature, Remin University of China, Beijing (1994)

Ying Zhang a historian of early modern China (Ming-Qing periods). She is particularly interested in exploring the history of Confucianism at the intersection of everyday politics and everyday life in the Ming dynasty.

Her first book 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 Ying Zhang has worked on include Confucian ethics, Confucian political thought, print culture, comparative early modernity, Chinese feminism, and global feminisms.

Ying Zhang is affiliated with the following constellations in the History Department: Global Early Modernity; Power, Culture, and the State; History of Religion; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is also co-founder and coordinator for the Pre-modernist Workshop, an interdisciplinary intellectual community that consists of faculty and graduate students who do research on and are interested in pre-modern topics or the relationship between the pre-modern and the modern.

At Ohio State, she is coordinating a Humanities Institute Working Group on "Confinement" in 2016-18, and is graduate chair of the Interdisciplinary East Asian Studies master's program in 2015-17.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
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Mershon Project
Political Prisoners and Religion in Ming China, 1368-1644 (2015-16)