Gordon Chang

Senior Associate Vice Provost for Under Graduate Education and the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities
Ph.D, Harvard
B.A., Princeton
Gordon Chang
I am interested in several different areas of history, including the historical connections between race and ethnicity in America, on the one hand, and foreign relations, on the other, and trans-Pacific relations in their diplomatic as well as their cultural and social dimensions. I have written and continue to publish in the areas of U.S. diplomacy, America-China relations, the Chinese diaspora, Asian American history, and global history. My most recent books have examined the history of Chinese railroad workers in America in the 19th century.

I continue to work with undergraduates, master’s students, and doctoral students.

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May 19, 2020
No, not that Gordon Chang. The other one: the good one. Gordon H. Chang is a professor of American history at Stanford University, where he is also the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities and the senior associate vice provost for undergraduate education. In this prelapsarian podcast, taped on December 19, Gordon chats with Kaiser about the...
April 20, 2020
Over the past 16 years, my family has experienced four extreme self-isolations. Not just social distancing, but real lockdowns where we had almost no contact with others for months, not just weeks. As is true in the present crisis, we isolated for medical reasons. We faced cancer. Hundreds of thousands of others around the world who have had...
March 27, 2020
Acts of physical violence, verbal intimidation, and hate-mongering against Chinese and other Asian Americans are occurring with alarming frequency throughout the country. Since the start of the medical crisis, more than one thousand acts of racism against Asian Americans have been reported. This racial profiling holds Chinese as an ethnic group...


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Cold War Studies
Cultural History
Global, Transnational, and International History
Immigration, Borderlands, and Frontiers
Race and Ethnicity
Social History
The Pacific World
War and Military History

Journal Article on China and the Pursuit of America’s Destiny: Nineteenth-Century Imagining and Why Immigration Restriction Took So Long, Journal of Asian American Studies, November 2012.

Journal Article on Whose ‘Barbarism’? Whose ‘Treachery’?: Race and Civilization in the Unknown United-States-Korea War of 1871, Journal of American History, March 2003.

Journal Article on Absence of War in the United States-China Confrontation over Quemoy and Matsu, 1954-55: Contingency, Luck, Deterrence?, American Historical Review, December 1993.