Research: My research interests focus on the history of medicine, health, and disease in twentieth-century China and the socio-political history of Mao’s China after 1949. I just completed a research project concerning the global cholera pandemic in China during the early 1960s. Based on archival documents, local gazetteers, and oral history materials collected from intensive fieldwork, my research combines sociological and anthropological theories engagement with which helps me to find research questions and develop analytical frameworks. The project investigates the dynamics between disease and social restructuring in the significant transitional years of Mao's China.
Relevant publications include:
Xiaoping Fang, 'China and the Cholera Pandemic: Restructuring Society under Mao', (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021)
Xiaoping Fang, 'Mass Inoculation and Rural Rhythms: Local Agents, Population Data, and Restructured Social Systems in the Cholera Pandemic in China, 1962-1965', Modern China, July (2020), pp. 1-32.