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Professor of American History, Gordon H. Chang's research focuses on the history of United States-East Asia relations and on Asian American history. He is affiliated with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the American Studies Program, International Relations Program, and is Director of the Center for East Asian Studies. He is particularly interested in America in the world, the historical connections between race and ethnicity in America and foreign relations, and explores these interconnections in his teaching and scholarship. He is a recipient of both Guggenheim and ACLS fellowships, and has been a three-time fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.

Chang is the editor or author of a number of essays and books, including American Asian Art: A History, 1850 - 1970, Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present (2006), Asian Americans and Politics: An Exploration (2001), Morning Glory, Evening Shadow: Yamato Ichihashi and His Wartime Writing, 1942-1945 (1997), and Friends and Enemies: The United States, China, and the Soviet Union, 1948-1972 (1990). Chinese American Voices is a collaboration with two other historians and presents the words of Chinese Americans from the mid-19th century to the recent past. Many of the personal narratives included in the book appear in print for the first time and offer unique insights into Chinese American experiences. He also helped complete a collection of the last work of Yuji Ichioka, the pioneer historian of Japanese Americans who died a few years ago.

Chang's recent work, American Asian Art: A History, is the first comprehensive study of the lives and artistic production of American Asian artists active in the United States before 1970. The book features essays by ten leading scholars, biographies of more than 150 artists and over 400 reproductions of artwork, ephemera, and images of artists.

Chang has continuing interests in U.S.-China relations and in the political and cultural history of Asian Americans, and one of his current writing projects includes a study of the long history of America-China relations. In this effort, he studies the relationship of America and China from Jamestown to the present. His other major project concerns the recovery and interpretation of the experiences of Chinese railroad workers in the completion of the first transcontinental railroad line in the United States. He is co-directing a multi-year, international, inter-disciplinary effort called Chinese Railroad Workers in North America that involves more than 100 scholars in the United States, Canada, and Asia.

Key works

Stanford University Press, 2008

Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present. University of California Press, 2006

Asian Americans and Politics: An Exploration. Stanford University Press, 2001

Morning Glory, Evening Shadow: Yamato Ichihashi and His Wartime Writing, 1942-1945. Stanford University Press, 1997

Friends and Enemies: The United States, China, and the Soviet Union, 1948-1972. Stanford University Press, 1990

Prof. Chang in the News

May 13, 2014
Stanford professors Gordon Chang and Shelley Fishkin honor Chinese railway workers as co-directors...
May 9, 2014
The Committee of 100, an international organization dedicated to making cultural connections...
November 12, 2008
is more than a compendium of a century of art. According to Stanford University Librarian Michael...
KQED 88.5 FM, December 4, 2008
Newsweek, February 21, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle, November 12, 2003
Time, March 9, 1992
Stanford Magazine, November/December, 2003


  • Asian American History
  • Race and Ethnicity in America
  • U.S. Foreign Relations History
  • U.S.-East Asia Relations


B.A., Princeton University, 1970
M.A., Stanford University, 1972
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1987