Emily Baum

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

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Modern China; history of medicine and psychiatry in China; comparative medical history; popular religion
Celebration of Teaching Award, Dean's Honoree for School of Humanities (2017)
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.
Publications "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.
Grant 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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Last updated 07/08/2018