Associate Professor
475 Hamilton Hall


MA Stanford University, 2000
PhD University of California, Berkeley, 2007

Research Interests

Michelle King is interested in research subjects that deal with gender, the body, imperialism/colonialism, and a conscious consideration of the processes of cultural translation. She focuses on the cultural history of nineteenth and twentieth-century China, as well as Chinese diasporas. Her last book was a study of the cultural distinctions between Chinese and Western perspectives on female infanticide in late nineteenth century China. Her new book project will examine the intersection of gender, foodways, and transnational Chinese identities through the life and career of postwar Taiwan’s pioneering female cookbook author and television personality, Fu Pei-mei.

Some Notable Publications

  • Between Birth and Death: Female Infanticide in Nineteenth-Century China (Stanford University Press, 2014)
  • “Working With/In the Archive,” in Research Methods for History, ed. Simon Gunn and Lucy Faire (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), 13–29
  • “Replicating the Colonial Expert: The Problem of Translation in the Late Nineteenth-Century Straits Settlements” in Social History 34.4 (November 2009), 428–46

Graduate Students

Courses Offered

  • HIST 285—Twentieth-Century China
  • HIST 284—Late Imperial China
  • HIST 550—Gender in Chinese History
  • HNRS 353—The Cultural History of Food in China
  • HIST 398—China Bound: Western Travel Writing on China