Emily Baum

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Associate Professor, History
School of Humanities

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2013
Cert., Johns Hopkins University - Nanjing Center Campus, 2008
M.A., Columbia University, 2007
B.A., Georgetown University, 2006

Phone: History Dept: (949)824-6521
Fax: (949)824-2865
Email: emily.baum@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
300 Murray Krieger Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Modern China; history of medicine and psychiatry in China; comparative medical history; popular religion
Academic Distinctions
Celebration of Teaching Award, Dean's Honoree for School of Humanities (2017)
Research Abstract
I study modern China, with a particular interest in illness and social deviance. My first book, The Invention of Madness: State, Society, and the Insane in Modern China (University of Chicago Press, 2018), examines the history of insanity in early twentieth-century Beijing. My current research looks at the regulation and practice of fortune telling, divination, and occultism in contemporary China.

I am additionally interested in global and comparative histories of psychology, psychiatry, medicine, and popular religion. At UC Irvine, I teach courses on modern Chinese history, East Asian/world history, and comparative medical history.
"Choosing Cures for Mental Ills: Psychiatry and Chinese Medicine in Early Twentieth-Century China." Asian Review of World Histories 6, no. 1 (January 2018).
"Healthy Minds, Compliant Citizens: The Politics of Mental Hygiene in Republican China, 1928-1937." Twentieth-Century China 42, no. 3 (October 2017).
"Chinese Psychiatric Welfare in Historical Perspective." In Garcia, Hood, and Kadetz, eds. Handbook of Welfare in China. London: Elgar, 2017.
“Cong fengdian dao jingshen bing: xifang jingshen yixue zai minguo Beijing de fazhan yu xianzhi” [From Madness to Mental Illness: The Achievements and Limits of Western Psychiatric Philanthropy in Republican Beijing]. In Zhang Daqing and Chen Qi, eds. Chuantong yu xiandai zhijian: jindai xiyi zai Zhongguo [Between Tradition and Modernity: Western Medicine in China]. Shanghai: Commercial Press, 2016.
“Controlling Minds: Guo Renyuan, Behavioral Psychology, and Fascism in Republican China.” The Chinese Historical Review vol. 22, no. 2 (Fall 2015).
“Health by the Bottle: The Dr. Williams’ Medicine Company and the Commodification of Well-Being in the Liangyou Pictorial.” In Paul Pickowicz, Shen Kuiyi, and Zhang Yingjin, eds. Liangyou: Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Metropolis, 1926-1945. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
Book reviews have appeared in Journal of Asian Studies, History of Psychiatry, LA Review of Books, and Times Literary Supplement, among others.
American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant (2018), ACLS-Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-16), UC Hellman Fellowship (2015-2016), NEH Summer Stipend (2015), Fulbright IIE (2011-2012), Social Science Research Council (2011-2012), Rockefeller Foundation Grant-in-Aid (2012), Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (2009-2013), UCSD Predoctoral Humanities Fellowship (2008-2009)
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