Margaret Kuo

Maggie Kuo




BA, MA, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

JD, Georgetown University Law Center

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Office: FO2-205


Margaret Kuo is a Professor of History at CSULB and affiliated faculty . She is the author of Intolerable Cruelty: Marriage, Law, and Society in Early Twentieth-Century China. Her current research project examines the history of Asian American women and the law.


“Zheng Yuxiu and the Diplomacy of Chinese Nationalism and Feminism.” In Portraits of Women in International Law: New Names and Forgotten Faces. Edited by Immi Tallgren (New York: Oxford University Press, 2023).

Book Review. American by Birth: Wong Kim Ark and the Battle for Citizenship by Carol Nackenoff and Julie Novkov (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas 2020). California History vol. 100, no. 2 (Summer 2023):115-117.

“‘Pagan Babies:’ Orphan Imagery in the Passionist China Collection and the Emergence of American Sympathy for the Chinese in the Early Twentieth Century,” Chinese Historical Review vol. 26, no. 2 (2019): 128-155.DOI: 10.1080/1547402X.2019.1757212

“China through the Magic Lantern: Passionist Father Theophane Maguire and American Catholic Missionary Images of China in the Early Twentieth Century,” U.S. Catholic Historian vol. 34, no. 2 (Spring 2016): 27-42. DOI:10.1353/cht.2016.0014

Review Essay. “Gender and the Politics of Female Infanticide and Prostitution Regulation,” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review E-Journal No. 13 (December 2014). Reviewing Michelle T. King, Between Birth and Death: Female Infanticide in Nineteenth-Century China (Stanford University Press 2014) and Elizabeth J. Remick, Regulating Prostitution in China: Gender and Local Statebuilding, 1900-1937 (Stanford University Press 2014).

Intolerable Cruelty: Marriage, Law, and Society in Early Twentieth-Century China (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012).

“Spousal Abuse: Divorce Litigation and the Emergence of Rights Consciousness in Republican China,” Modern China vol. 38, no. 5 (September 2012): 523-558.

“The Construction of Gender in Modern Chinese Law: Discrepant Gender Meanings in the Republican Civil Code,” Frontiers of History in China vol. 7, no.2 (June 2012): 282-309. DOI: 10.3868/s020-001-012-0015-6

“The Legislative Process in Republican China: The 1930 Nationalist Family Law and the Controversy over Surnames for Married Women,” Twentieth-Century China vol. 36, no. 1 (January 2011): 44-66.