Howland, Douglas

David D. Buck Professor Emeritus of Chinese History


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. Ed. Mayer, Maximilian, Carpes, Mariana, and Knoblich, Ruth. 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. Ed. Beck, Robert J. 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. Ed. Burns, Susan L., and Brooks, Barbara J. University of Hawai’i Press, (2013): 21-47.