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Huiying Chen

Assistant Professor // History

Affiliated Faculty // Asian Studies // SLC

Assistant Professor // Cornerstone

Research focus:
Chinese History, Early Modern History

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Room: BRNG 6158


Huiying Chen earned her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2021. She specializes in the history of China after 1600, with a methodological orientation toward the history of cartography, book history and printing, and the early modern world.

Before joining Purdue, she taught at the University of Maryland, College Park. She had been a Visiting Fellow at the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, and a Predoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. Her dissertation has been supported by the Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources and had won the Graduate Student Best Paper Prize selected by the China and Inner Asia Council of Association for Asian Studies.

She is currently completing a book manuscript exploring the everyday experience of travel in 17th, 18th, and 19th-century China. She is interested in science in circulation, and the technologies that both enabled and stemmed from this increased flow of people, goods, and ideas, both historically and today.