Joan Judge

Professor, Status Only, Department of Art History, University of Toronto; Professor, Department of History, York University



Joan Judge is cultural historian of modern China with a scholarly focus on print culture and women’s history at the turn of the twentieth century.

From 2008 she has been one of the directors of a multi-year international project on “gendered” or women’s Chinese periodicals that seeks to both develop a new methodology for reading the periodical press and to create an online comprehensive database for a number of historically significant journals. This research has been published in her single-authored work, Republican Lens: Gender, Visuality, and Experience in the Early Chinese Periodical Press. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015), and in the volume she co-edited with Michel Hockx and Barbara Mittler, Women and the Periodical Press in China’s Long Twentieth Century: A Space of Their Own? (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018). This project on the periodical press has now been expanded to a broader range and greater number of periodicals which are currently being integrated into a new database structure. This expanded project which has been undertaken in collaboration with scholars at Academia Sinica in Taiwan is entitled "Early Chinese Periodicals Online."

Her most recent collaboration has been with colleagues Adrian Shubert and Boyd Cothran in the York History Department resulted in the edited volume, Women Warriors and National Heroes: Global Histories (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020).


PhD, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
MA, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris