Margaret Kuo

Margaret Kuo, Ph.D.

Maggie KuoTitle:
Professor
 
Credentials:
BA, MA, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
JD, Georgetown University Law Center
 
Contact Information:
Margaret.Kuo@csulb.edu
562 985-4426
Office: FO2-112
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS 1601
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

Margaret Kuo is Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach. A specialist in twentieth-century China, she has taught courses on modern and contemporary Chinese history, Asian women’s history, historical methodologies, Traditional Asia, and Modern Asia. Her research interests include modern China, gender and sexuality, law and society, and visual culture (with a particular focus on missionary photography). She is the author of Intolerable Cruelty: Marriage, Law, and Society in Early Twentieth-Century China (2012). Her current book project reexamines missionary history along global directions through the lens of material and visual culture. It explores the massive output of religious and cultural images, objects, and narratives produced by China missionaries in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She serves as Associate Editor of Twentieth-Century China and also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Women’s History and The History Teacher.

Research Interests

Modern China, Contemporary China, Women, gender, and sexuality, Law, society, and culture, History and theory, History of emotions, Photography and history

Selected Publications

Books

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

Journal Articles

 “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.

“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.

“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.

Book Chapter:

“Spousal Abuse: Divorce Litigation and the Emergence of Rights Consciousness in Republican China.” Reprint of journal article originally published in Modern China. In Research from Archival Case Records: Law, Society, and Culture in China, edited by Philip C.C. Huang and Kathryn Bernhardt (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2014).

“Pei’ou de jingji quanli he yiwu: Minguo shanyang anjian zhong de hunyin gainian (1930-1949).” In Cong susong dang’an chufa: Zhongguo de falü, shehui yu wenhua (Research from Archival Case Records: Law, Society, and Culture in China), edited by Philip C.C. Huang and You Chenjun, 299-320 (Beijing: Falü chubanshe (The Law Press), 2009) [translation into Chinese of original manuscript in English titled “Spousal Financial Rights and Obligations: Alimony and Support Cases in Republican China”].

Encyclopedia Entries

“Marriage Laws,” in The Encyclopedia of Modern China, edited by David S. Pong, 563-565 (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale/Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2009).

“Codes of Law and Laws: Religious, Civil, and Penal Laws in China,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, edited by Bonnie G. Smith, 426-428 (Oxford, Eng.: Oxford University Press, 2008).

Book Reviews:

Gender and Sexuality in Modern Chinese History, by Susan L. Mann (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), China Review International, forthcoming.

Telling Chinese History: A Selection of Essays, by Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009), Journal of World History vol. 21, no. 3 (September 2010): 527-531.