LATROBE, PA – Dr. Tina Johnson, Saint Vincent College associate professor of history and director of Chinese studies, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF). The grant will help to cover Johnson’s one-year sabbatical, during which she will be completing her monograph on the history of women’s health in 20th century China.
Her research was inspired in part by the efforts of Dr. Lin Qiaozhi (1901-83). Lin was a key figure in women’s health in China, and she published several scientific and popular articles and books about a wide range of women’s health topics including maternal health, cancer research, and birth control. In the 1970s, Lin served as a liaison between the Chinese government and western countries, including the U.S., and helped to advance the role of women in the medical field. Lin serves as a role model for Chinese female medical professionals to this day, and her textbooks are still used in medical schools.
Johnson’s monograph will explore “how politics influence science, and how shifts in political views can create turbulent upheavals in the way medicine is implemented and practiced.”
The CCKF, named after the late president of the Republic of China, was formed to help scholars in the humanities and social sciences conduct research projects that can shed light on Chinese society.
Johnson, who also holds a Master of Public Health degree, works on a variety of contemporary rural public health initiatives and has published numerous works on public health and medicine in China. At Saint Vincent, she teaches several classes, including China and Japan in Fiction and Film, Contemporary East Asia, Health and Medicine in East Asia, History of Global Health, Modern China, Modern East Asian Societies, The Historian’s Profession, The Rise of Chinese Civilization and Traditional East Asian Societies.
PHOTO: Dr. Tina Johnson instructs students in her course 'History of Global Health'
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