Chao Lang

2022-23 Desmond and Whitney Shum Fellow; PhD Candidate at Harvard University


Chao Lang is a Ph.D. candidate in the History and East Asian Languages (HEAL) program. Her dissertation project explores how cotton cultivation and cotton textiles in Xinjiang helped ensure regional economic vibrancy and secured the northwest frontier for the Qing empire before the mid-19th century, and the social impact of the re-integrated regional and international cotton textile market during the latter half of the 19th century.

Research Interests: Late Imperial Chinese History, Global Trade Histories, Global Histories of Imperialism, History of Xinjiang (mid-18th to mid-19th century)