Douglas Howland

  • David D. Buck Professor Emeritus of Chinese History, History


PhD, University of Chicago, 1989

Courses Taught

  • Hist 175 - East Asian Civilization to 1600
  • Hist 176 - East Asian Civilization Since 1600
  • Hist 376 - History of Ancient China
  • Hist 377 - The Rise of Modern China
  • Hist 378 - Revolution in China
  • Hist 394 - History of Japan to 1600
  • Hist 395 - History of Japan Since 1600
  • Hist 372 - Topics in Global History (several versions)
  • Hist 402 - Topics in Asian History (several versions)

Teaching Interests

  • Ancient China
  • Modern China and Japan
  • Law, sovereignty and the state
  • The rise of a global economy
  • Historical methods

Research Interests

Westernization in East Asia; international law and state sovereignty in China and Japan; liberalism and popular sovereignty in the 19th century

Conference Organizer

Selected Publications

Howland, Douglas R.““Cholera Quarantine and Territorial Sovereignty in the Age of Imperialism: The Limits of Transnational Governance” 4.6 (2016): 94-104” International Journal of Social Science Studies4.6 (2016): 94-104.
Howland, Douglas R.International Law and Japanese Sovereignty: The Emerging Global Order in the 19th Century (N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan. 2016.
Howland, Douglas R.“The Japan House Tax Case, 1899-1905: Leases in Perpetuity and the Myth of International Equality” Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht75.2 (2015): 413-434.
Howland, Douglas R.“Telegraph Technology and Administrative Internationalism in the Nineteenth Century” The Global Politics of Science and Technology1. Ed. Mayer, Maximilian, Carpes, Mariana, and Knoblich, Ruth. Heidelberg: Springer. (2014): 183-199.
Howland, Douglas R.“International Law, State Will, and the Standard of Civilization in Japan’s Assertion of Sovereign Equality” Law and Disciplinarity: Thinking Beyond BordersEd. Beck, Robert J.New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (2013): 183-205.
Howland, Douglas R.“The Maria Luz Incident: Personal Rights and International Justice for Chinese Coolies and Japanese Prostitutes” Gender and Law in the Japanese ImperiumEd. Burns, Susan L., and Brooks, Barbara J.Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. (2013): 21-47.
Howland, Douglas R.“An Englishman’s Right to Hunt: Territorial Sovereignty and Extraterritorial Privilege in Japan” Monde(s): histoire, espaces, relations1. (2012): 193-211.
Howland, Douglas R.“Popular Sovereignty and Democratic Centralism in the People’s Republic of China” Social Text110. (2012): 1-25.
Howland, Douglas R.“Contraband and Private Property in the Age of Imperialism” Journal of the History of International Law13.1 (2011): 117-153.
Howland, Douglas R.“Sovereignty and the Laws of War: International Consequences of Japan’s 1905 Victory over Russia” Law and History Review29.1 (2011): 53-97.
Howland, Douglas R.“The Dialectics of Chauvinism: Minority Nationalities and Territorial Sovereignty in Mao Zedong’s New Democracy” Modern China37.2 (2011): 170-201.
Howland, Douglas R.“The Wisconsin-Milwaukee Conference on International Law and World Order: Introduction” Journal of the History of International Law13.1 (2011): 1-5.
Howland, Douglas R.“The Foreign and the Sovereign: Extraterritoriality in East Asia” The State of Sovereignty: Territories, Laws, PopulationsEd. Howland, Douglas R., and White, Luise. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. (2009): 35-55.
. The State of Sovereignty: Territories, Laws, PopulationsEd. Howland, Douglas R., and White, Luise. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. 2009.