Charlotte Furth

Professor Emerita of History

Contact Information
Phone: 213-740-1657
Office: SOS 153

Personal Website


  • B.A. French, University of North Carolina, 1/1954
  • Ph.D. History, Stanford University, 1/1965

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • Professor of History, University of Southern California, 01/01/1989-  
    • Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica Taipei, Taiwan, 01/01/1999  
    • Visiting Professor, Bard College, 01/01/1998  
    • Visiting Fellow, New York University, 01/01/1998  
    • Visiting Fellow, Sun Yatsen Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC, 01/01/1992  
    • Visiting Fellow, Institute of Medical History and Medical Literature, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, 01/01/1990-01/01/1992  
    • Assistant Professor, Department of History, California State University, Long Beach, 01/01/1966-01/01/1989  
    • Visiting Fellow, East Asian Studies, Princeton University, 01/01/1986-01/01/1987  
    • Field Researcher, Chungtai Junior College of Medicine, Takun, Taichung, Taichung, Taiwan, 01/01/1985  
    • Visiting Professor, Beijing University, People's Republic of China, 01/01/1981-01/01/1982  
    • Research Associate, Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 01/01/1979-06/01/1979  
    • Research Associate, Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 01/01/1975-06/01/1975  
    • Research Fellow, East Asian Research, Harvard University, 01/01/1968-01/01/1969  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Furth studies the late l9th and 20th centuries to Ming-Qing period and beyond. Her abiding interests are found in the cultural studies of science and gender both together and separately. Current projects include an edited volume on Thinking With Cases: Specialist Knowledge in China's Cultural History" and an exploration of the neo-Confucian body through the life and work of Zhu Zhenheng, a 14th century physician.

    Honors and Awards

    • USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, 2001  
    • Fulbright Award, Fellowship, 1981-1982  
    • Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, 1972-1973  
    • Fulbright Award, Postgraduate Fellowship, 1954-1955  

    Service to the Profession

    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Editorial Board Member, East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine, 1999-2000  
    • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Asian Studies, 1972-1975  

  • Department of History
  • 3502 Trousdale Parkway
  • Social Sciences Building (SOS) 153
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 90089-0034