Faculty Profile

Evan Young

Assistant Professor of History (2015)

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leave of absence 2019-20



W. Evan Young is a historian of medicine and science who also specializes in East Asian Studies. He teaches courses on the history of illness and therapy, the history of East Asia (including China, Korea, and Japan), and the history of gender and sexuality. His first book project, Family at the Bedside: Illness, Healing, and Knowledge in Early Modern Japan, explores how families dealt with ailments in eighteenth and nineteenth century Japan. His second major research project traces the history of medical knowledge in popular print, especially women’s magazines, from the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century. His work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Prange Collection and Miller Center for Historical Studies, and the D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia.


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