David N. Luesink, Ph.D.

David N. Luesink, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor , History

David Luesink is a historian of modern China with particular interests in the history of medicine and science. He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and has taught in Vancouver, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh before joining the faculty at Sacred Heart in August of 2017. He teaches classes on modern and late imperial China, as well as the History of Western Civilization, and is developing future courses on the history of medicine in China and Modern East Asia. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the history of anatomy in China that explores how knowledge of the human body was connected to technologies of statemaking. The book, currently called The Body Politic and the Body Anatomic in Modern China, explores how political anatomy transformed conceptions of race, language, and medicine at the turn of the twentieth century. Publications related to this research have been published in the Journal of Asian Studies and in an edited volume published by the University of Manchester Press. He has also completed editing a volume of essays called China and the Globalization of Biomedicine.

Degrees and Certifications

    • B.A. (Honors) Trinity Western University, Langley, BC History, 2002
    • M.A. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Chinese History, 2004
    • Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Chinese History. Dissertation: “Dissecting Modernity: Anatomy and Power in the Language of Science in China.” Advisor: Timothy Brook

Teaching Responsibilities

    • Modern China
    • Late Imperial China
    • East Asia
    • History of Western Civilization since 1500
    • History of Medicine in China

Research Interests and Grants

    • Modern China
    • Medicine in China
    • China and the West

Awards and Fellowships

    • Associate, University Center for International Studies and Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh
    • Chinese Studies Research Grant, University of Pittsburgh
    • 2007—2008 Visiting Scholar, Institute of Modern Chinese Thought and Culture Research, East China Normal University, Shanghai
    • 2007—2009 Hannah Senior General Scholarship
    • 2007—2008 Li Tze Fong Memorial Fellowship, University Graduate Fellowship (UBC)
    • 2004—2007 SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship

Publications and Presentations

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    2017. “Anatomy and the Reconfiguration of Life and Death in Republican China,” Journal of Asian Studies.

    2015. “State Power, Governmentality and the (Mis)remembrance of Chinese Medicine,” Historical Epistemology and the Making of Modern Chinese Medicine, edited by Howard Chiang, University of Manchester Press.

    2009. “The History of Chinese Medicine: Empires, Transnationalism and Medicine in China, 1908-1937,” in Uneasy Encounters: The Politics of Medicine and Health in China, 1900-1937, edited by Iris Borowy Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, New York, Oxford: Peter Lang.

    2015. 近代中医药期刊的人文思考——《中国近代中医药期刊汇编》编辑感言 (Jindai Zhongyiyao qikan de renwen sikao: Zhongguo jindai zhongyiyao qikan huibian bianji ganyan) [Editor’s Reflections, Humanist analysis on periodicals of Chinese medicine from the modern period Compilation of periodicals of Chinese medicine from the modern period]. By王有朋 (Wang Youpeng), Twentieth-Century China, 40(1): 69-78.

    Manuscript in preparation: The Body Politic and the Body Anatomic in Modern China

    Submitted manuscript: China and the Globalization of Biomedicine, first editor, with William H. Schneider and Zhang Daqing


    Invited Presentations:

    2017. “The Body Politic and the Body Anatomic in Late Imperial China,” Johns Hopkins University

    2014. “The Body Anatomic and the Body Politic in Modern China,” Hong Kong University

    2014. “Dr. Wu Lien-teh and China’s First Medical Research Institute,” Penang Heritage Trust, Wu Lien-teh Society, Penang, Malaysia

    2014. “Jindai Zhongguo de renti jiepouxue yu renti de zhengzhi xingzhi,” 近代中国的人体解剖学与人体的政治性质 [The Body Anatomic and the Body Politic in Modern China] Nankai University, Tianjin: May, (in Chinese); repeated for graduate students at Shanghai University

    2014. “Dissecting Modernity: Anatomy and Power in the Language of Science in China,” Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta

    2012. “Tang Erhe and National Beijing Medical Professional School,” special lecture for the 100th Anniversary of Beijing University Health Science Center, Beijing University

    2012. “China’s Two Medicines in the Twentieth Century,” University of Kentucky, Lexington

    2010. “What a Medical Terminology Committee in Early 20th Century Shanghai Can Teach Us About Epistemological Change,” Yale University

    Selected Conference Presentations:

    2017. “Anatomy, the Individual, and the Race in Modern China,” Association of Asian Studies, Toronto

    2016. “How Chinese Medicine Became Anatomical,” Global Perspectives: Dialogues between West and East on History of Medicine 全球视野下东西方医学史对话, Fudan University

    2016. “Making International Science in Beijing,” Association of Asian Studies in Asia Kyoto

    2015. “Live and Dead Animals in early Republican Chinese plague research,” European Research Council Conference, Corpses, Burial and Infection, CRASSH, University of Cambridge

    2015. “Science, Medicine, and Collaboration with Japan in North China, 1937-1940,” Association of Asian Studies, Chicago

    2013. “Translated forms of knowledge: Tang Erhe’s translations of Japanese works on Manchurian Economy and Environment,” invited workshop, The Manchurian Environment: Natural Resources, Climate and Disease Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

    2012. “The politics of translation and standardization of terminologies for reproductive anatomy in China,” invited workshop Reproducing China, University of Cambridge

    2012. “Governmentality and the Republican Chinese State: The case of standardized terminologies,”invited workshop, Language, Culture, and Power: The Linguistic Field in Early Twentieth-Century China Princeton University

    2011. “Tang Erhe’s “Diary of an Eastern Journey”: Anatomy in Japan and its colonies, c. 1917,” for panel “Twentieth-Century Chinese Science and Medicine in a Global Context, Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Honolulu.

    2010. “The (Mis)remembrance of Chinese medicine.” The (After)Life of Traditional Knowledge: The Cultural Politics and Historical Epistemology of Chinese Medicine, University of Westminster, London

    2009. “West Gate Building, Shanghai, 1915: From Promoters to Professionals,” invited workshop, Intellectuals, Professions, and Knowledge Production in Twentieth-Century China, University of California, Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies

Professor David Luesink

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