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Xiaoshun Zeng (he/him/his)

Ph.D. Candidate

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Ph.D., University of Washington, 2021 expected
M.A. Peking University (Beijing University), 2012
B.A., Peking University (Beijing University), 2009

Xiaoshun Zeng is a historian of modern China, with research interests in the history of medicine and science, history of the frontiers, gender and sexuality, and studies of ethnic minority groups in China.

Zeng’s dissertation, entitled “Diagnosing Minorities: Syphilis and Ethnic Health in China’s Inner Asian Frontiers, 1949-1964,” investigates how the early PRC state launched anti-syphilis campaigns to incorporate the minority population of Inner Mongolia, eastern Tibet, and Xinjiang into the socialist state-building project. He has conducted research for the project in Hohhot, Chengdu, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the American Historical Association, and the University of Washington. 

At the University of Washington, Zeng has served as teaching assistant for Race and American Histories, Chinese Civilization, and Filipino Histories. Before joining the PhD program in History at the University of Washington, Zeng received his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Peking University in Beijing. He expects to complete his doctorate in Spring 2020.


2019-2020 China Times Cultural Foundation Young Scholar Award Scholarship
2018-2019 Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Doctoral Fellowship
2018-2019 Society of Scholars Fellow, Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington
2018 American Historical Association Bernadotte Schmitt Grant
2016-2017 Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship
2016 Chester Fritz International Research and Study Fellowship, University of Washington

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