Judy Tzu-Chun Wu


Judy Tzu-Chun Wu joined the faculty of Ohio State in 1998. She has a joint appointment with the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and is on the coordinating committee for the Asian American Studies Program as well as DISCO (The Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU). She also serves on the board of editors for the Journal of Women's History.

Professor Wu teaches courses on Modern U.S. History, Asian American History, Women's History, Immigration History, History of Comparative Racialization, the 1960s, Intersectionality, Women and labor, Race and Sex, and American Women's Movements. She is particularly interested in incorporating new media assignments into her classes. To view one of Prof. Wu's digital narratives, see: "A Trip Down Immigration Lane" Digital Narrative

Her first book, Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity(University of California Press, February 2005), is a biography of Margaret Jessie Chung (1889-1959), the first American-born Chinese female physician. This biography uses Chung's remarkable life to explore the shifting social norms of race, gender, and sexuality from the late Victorian era to the early Cold War period in U.S. society. To see a digital narrative about Mom Chung, please see: "Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards" Digital Narrative

Her current book project, tentatively titled "Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Viet Nam Era," is under contract with Cornell University Press for a series on U.S. and the World that is edited by Mark Bradley and Paul Kramer. This work focuses on the international travels of American antiwar activists during the U.S. War in Viet Nam. It specifically explores how these encounters with Asian culture, politics, and people shaped the radical imaginary of U.S. activists of varying racial, gender, and sexual identifications.

Professor Wu also has published a number of articles that examine issues related to racializednotions of beauty and sexuality, the significance of western religion and medicine for the lives of Asian American women, and the significance of race, gender, and sexuality in fostering international political solidarity.

Areas of Expertise
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Asian American History
  • Race, Immigration, and Citizenship
  • Modern U.S. History
  • A.M., Stanford University, 1993
  • A.B. with honors and distinction, Stanford University, 1991
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 1998

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