Carol Benedict (B.A. University of California at Santa Cruz 1980; M.A. Stanford University 1985; Ph.D. Stanford 1992) is Professor of History at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of History, Georgetown University, where she teaches courses on modern China, the Pacific World, Globalization & Intersocietal Relations, and the global history of disease. Her research focuses on the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century China with a particular focus on the social history of medicine and disease, women and gender history, and the history of Chinese consumer culture. Benedict’s publications include Bubonic Plague in Nineteenth-Century China (Stanford, 1996) and Golden-Silk Smoke: A History of Tobacco in China, 1550-2010 (University of California 2011). Golden-Silk Smoke was awarded the American Historical Association’s 2011 John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History. She is currently serving as the Chair of the Georgetown Department of History and is the Field Coordinator for the International History major in the School of Foreign Service.
Areas of Expertise: Modern China, Chinese medicine and disease history, History of tobacco, Chinese consumer culture
- Ph.D. (1992) Stanford University, East Asian History
- M.A. (1985) Stanford University, East Asian Studies
- B.A. (1980) University of California at Santa Cruz