Student Historian

Xiaoshun Zeng is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Washington, Seattle. His research focuses on the intersection of race/ethnicity, medicine, and sexuality in socialist China. His dissertation, “Diagnosing Minorities: STD Campaigns and Ethnic Health in China’s Inner Asian Frontiers, 1949-1964,” studies how the People’s Republic of China launched anti-syphilis campaigns to incorporate the population of Inner Mongolia, eastern Tibet, and Xinjiang into the Chinese socialist state-building project. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, the American Historical Association, and the University of Washington.