Douglas Howland

David D. Buck Professor of Chinese History
 Holton Hall 330


PhD, University of Chicago, 1989

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

Art and Sovereignty, An International Conference, DePaul University, April 17-18, 2015.

International Law and World Order – An International Conference, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 17-18, 2010.

Teaching Areas

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

Courses Offered

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
several versions of Hist 372 – Topics in Global History and Hist 402 – Topics in Asian History.

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 Studies 4.6 (2016): 94-104.
Howland, Douglas R. International Law and Japanese Sovereignty: The Emerging Global Order in the 19th Century (N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). 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 Völkerrecht 75.2 (2015): 413-434.
Howland, Douglas R. “Telegraph Technology and Administrative Internationalism in the Nineteenth Century.” The Global Politics of Science and Technology 1. Springer, (2014): 183-199.
Howland, Douglas R. “Japan and the Universal Postal Union: An Alternative Internationalism in the 19th Century.” Social Science Japan Journal 17.1 (2014): 23-39.
Howland, Douglas R. “International Law, State Will, and the Standard of Civilization in Japan’s Assertion of Sovereign Equality.” Law and Disciplinarity: Thinking Beyond Borders. 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 Imperium. University of Hawai’i Press, (2013): 21-47.