History Department
History Department

Sandy Chang

MA, The University of British Columbia

Sandy Chang



British Empire; Colonial South & Southeast Asia; Chinese Diaspora; Gender and Sexuality; Inter-Asia Mobilities and Connections


I am interested in a broad range of topics related to the British Empire in Asia, including the history of migration and sex trafficking, gender and sexuality, and Chinese communities in colonial Southeast Asia.

My dissertation project, tentatively titled "Across the Nanyang: Gender, Intimate Labor, and Chinese Migration in British Asia, 1890-1939," examines the historical relationship between colonial sexual economy and migration control. It traces the journeys of Chinese female migrants to colonial Southeast Asia as wives, domestic bondservants, and sex workers.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, I will be conducting archival research in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. I have received funding from various sources in support of my research, including a Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship awarded by the Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC), the History Project Grant from the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET), and a Doctoral Award from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

At UT Austin, I have served as the co-cordinator for the Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality (2015-2016) and as a special section co-editor of the E3W Journal of Book Reviews. 


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