Faculty Profile

Evan Young

Assistant Professor of History (2015)

Contact Information

youngw@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 102
717.254.8170

Bio

Professor Young teaches courses on the history of East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan), women's history and gender studies, and the history of medicine. His research interests include the history of early modern and modern Japan, the social and cultural history of medicine, and the integration of digital humanities in the classroom. He is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled, "Family Matters: Managing Illness in Early Modern Japan."

Education

  • B.A., St. Olaf College, 2005
  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2015

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

EASN 206 The Rise of Modern China
Cross-listed with HIST 275-01. The history of China from the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1912 to the rise of China as a global economic and political power in the twenty-first century. Topics include issues of cultural change and continuity, the growth of modern business, women's rights, urban and rural social crises, the rise of modern nationalism, Communist revolution, the political role of Mao Zedong, post-Mao economic reform and social transformation, human rights, and prospects for Chinese democracy.

HIST 275 The Rise of Modern China
Cross-listed with EASN 206-03.

HIST 404 The Social History of Medicine
This senior seminar is an exploration of the major arguments and debates that have structured the social history of medicine. A key theme of the course is the nature of medical knowledge as a social and cultural construct. We will consider a wide range of topics that have generated compelling intellectual dialogue, including the relationship between medical knowledge and authority, the decision of governments to intervene into the health of the populace, and the agency of patients in determining their course of treatment. Students will contribute to these scholarly debates by writing their own research papers over the course of the semester.

Spring 2018

HIST 120 History of East Asia
This class can be taken instead of EASN 101 for the EASN major.

EASN 206 Medicine & The Body - E. Asia
Cross-listed with HIST 215-01. This course is an introduction to the history of medicine in East Asia. We will begin by exploring the theoretical and practical underpinnings of classical Chinese medicine, which was the foundation of healing practices in premodern China, Korea, and Japan. We will then move on to trace the introduction of modern bio-medicine and the eventual reemergence of "Traditional Chinese Medicine" as an alternative style of therapy in the 20th century. We will also consider a wide range of topics that have generated compelling intellectual dialogue, including the relationship between doctors and patients and between medicine and the state.

HIST 215 Medicine & The Body - E. Asia
Cross-listed with EASN 206-01. This course is an introduction to the history of medicine in East Asia. We will begin by exploring the theoretical and practical underpinnings of classical Chinese medicine, which was the foundation of healing practices in premodern China, Korea, and Japan. We will then move on to trace the introduction of modern bio-medicine and the eventual reemergence of "Traditional Chinese Medicine" as an alternative style of therapy in the 20th century. We will also consider a wide range of topics that have generated compelling intellectual dialogue, including the relationship between doctors and patients and between medicine and the state

WGSS 302 Gend/Sex in Mod Japanese Hist
Cross-listed with EASN 306-02 and HIST 315-01. This course is an exploration of how sexuality and gender have been continually redefined and experienced throughout modern Japanese history. We will analyze the changes Japanese society underwent from the 19th century to the present, paying particular attention to transformations as well as continuities in eroticism, same-sex love, family structure, and gender roles. A key theme of the course is the socially-constructed nature of gender norms and how women and men frequently transgressed feminine and masculine ideals, a theme that we will explore through both primary sources in translation and secondary scholarship. Building upon in-class workshops and a series of short-essay assignments, the final goal of the course will be to produce a paper that analyzes the development of this new and exciting field of history.

EASN 306 Gend/Sex in Mod Japanese Hist
Cross-listed with HIST 315-01 and WGSS 302-01. This course is an exploration of how sexuality and gender have been continually redefined and experienced throughout modern Japanese history. We will analyze the changes Japanese society underwent from the 19th century to the present, paying particular attention to transformations as well as continuities in eroticism, same-sex love, family structure, and gender roles. A key theme of the course is the socially-constructed nature of gender norms and how women and men frequently transgressed feminine and masculine ideals, a theme that we will explore through both primary sources in translation and secondary scholarship. Building upon in-class workshops and a series of short-essay assignments, the final goal of the course will be to produce a paper that analyzes the development of this new and exciting field of history.

HIST 315 Gend/Sex in Mod Japanese Hist
Cross-listed with EASN 306-02 and WGSS 302-01. This course is an exploration of how sexuality and gender have been continually redefined and experienced throughout modern Japanese history. We will analyze the changes Japanese society underwent from the 19th century to the present, paying particular attention to transformations as well as continuities in eroticism, same-sex love, family structure, and gender roles. A key theme of the course is the socially-constructed nature of gender norms and how women and men frequently transgressed feminine and masculine ideals, a theme that we will explore through both primary sources in translation and secondary scholarship. Building upon in-class workshops and a series of short-essay assignments, the final goal of the course will be to produce a paper that analyzes the development of this new and exciting field of history.