Gordon H. Chang

Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities; Professor of American History; Director, Center for East Asian Studies
Ph.D., Stanford University; B.A., Princeton University

Research Interests

I am interested in two areas of American life that are often considered separately. The historical connections between race and ethnicity in America, on the one hand, and foreign relations, on the other are in fact profound. I explore these interconnections in my teaching and scholarship. My particular area of focus is trans-Pacific relations, the inter-connections between East Asia and America.I am interested in political, social, and cultural interactions from the earliest days of America to the present.My current research project concerns the recovery and interpretation of the experiences of Chinese railroad workers in North America.Please go to www.chineserailroadworkers.stanford.edu for more information.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Asian American History
  • History of U.S.-East Asia Relations
  • The History of United States-China Relations, from the Opium War to Tiananmen
  • America in the World
  • America in the 20th Century

Selected Publications

  • Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970 (Stanford University Press, 2008
  • Chinese American Voices (University of California Press, 2006)
  • Asian Americans and Politics: An Exploration, (2001).
  • Morning Glory, Evening Shadow: Yamato Ichihashi and His Wartime Writing, 1942-1945, 1997.
  • Friends and Enemies: The United States, China and the Soviet Union, 1948-1972, 1990.


  • Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center: 1993-94; 2002-03; and 2010-2011
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1999-2000
  • ACLS Fellow, 1999-2000

University Service

  • Asian American Studies
  • Editor, Book series on Asian American Studies for Stanford University Press
  • American Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Asia/Pacific Research Center
  • Center for International Security and Cooperation

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Association for Asian American Studies
  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations