Fang He

Fang He
Global Perspectives on Society Postdoctoral Fellow

Fang He was trained as a historian of the U.S. and Asian America. She is interested in the intersections of the body, migration, discourse, and institution. From trans-Pacific and comparative perspectives, her dissertation foregrounds the body as an important analytic tool in the analysis of U.S. Orientalism and enforcement of Chinese exclusion laws in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Expanding her research to Hawaii and the Philippines, Fang is working on a book manuscript titled “Golden Lilies” Across the Pacific: Bodies, Empire and Paradoxes of Inclusion in U.S. Enforcement of Chinese Exclusion Laws. She is also writing an article on how white female bodies were discussed in globalizing cities across the Atlantic which reveals striking similarities between U.S./Western foot fever and Chinese footbinding at the turn of the 20th century. As an enthusiast for “making history public,” she recently worked for a UCTV “Lost Voices” Episode on Ng Poon Chew, an important yet understudied figure in Chinese American history.

Research Interests

  • Migration
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • History of the Body
  • Trans-Pacific and Global Histories


Select Publications

  •  “‘Golden Lilies’ Across the Pacific: Footbinding and the American Enforcement of Chinese Exclusion Laws.” In Gendering the Trans-Pacific World: Diaspora, Empire, and Race, edited by Catherine Ceniza Choy and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (Brill, 2017)
  • “Biography of Mrs. Robert J. Burdette, b.1855-d.1954.” In Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890–1920 (Online database, “Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000,” 2018)
  • “Charles K. Kao.” In Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, and Political History (ABC-CLIO, 2014)



  • PhD, History
    University of California, Santa Barbara