Dr Chin Jou

BA Cornell MA PhD Princeton
Lecturer in American History

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2877
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Biographical details

Joined the University of Sydney in 2014.

Research interests

  • Twentieth-century U.S. history
  • History of food and medicine
  • African-American history

Teaching and supervision

At the University of Sydney, I have taught classes in U.S. history, African-American history, and the history of medicine.

In the media

The New England Journal of Medicine weekly podcast, 15 May 2014 http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1400613

Faye Flam, “How Childhood Obesity Became a Crisis,” Washington Post,27 September 2013 http://www.washingtonpost.com/postlive/how-childhood-obesity-became-a-crisis/2013/09/26/b2f87652-1708-11e3-804b-d3a1a3a18f2c_story.html

Conference Papers Presented and Invited Talks

“Obesity, Fast Food in Inner Cities, and the U.S. Federal Government,” Department of History, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, March 4, 2014.

“Urban Riots of the 1960s and Federal Sponsorship of Fast Food Franchises in America’s Inner Cities,” Department Seminar, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 28, 2014.

“Black Capitalism, Fast Food, and ‘Race and Social Memory,’” Crossings and Contentions: A Conference in Honor of Daniel T. Rodgers, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, May 4, 2013.

“When Uncle Sam Partnered with Ronald McDonald: How the Federal Government Helped the Fast Food Industry Expand into America's Inner Cities,” Business History Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 31, 2012.

“Daring to Dine in the Jim Crow North: Racial Discrimination in Postwar New York City Restaurants,” Food and the City Conference, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, February 25, 2012.

“Federal Business and Agricultural Policies and the Origins of the Obesity Epidemic,” Friends of the Princeton University Library Brown Bag Lecture, Princeton, New Jersey, June 29, 2011.

“Obesity and the Federal Government in the 1970s and 1980s,” Stetten Day Conference, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, June 14, 2011.

“Hope and Caution: Media Coverage of the Leptin Discovery, 1994-2010,” Stetten Day Conference, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, June 15, 2010.

“How the Calorie Leapt from Chemistry Lab Obscurity to Diet Culture Eminence,” Chemical Heritage Foundation Brown Bag Lecture, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 13, 2010.

“‘The Science of Living Begins at the Mouth’: When Nutrition Became a Part of Food and Eating, 1880-1920,” Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Phoenix, Arizona, November 21, 2009.

"Reinscribing Gender Expectations in Medical Assessments of Body Weight in Early Twentieth Century America,” Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, April 25, 2009.

“Prescribing Different Bodies for Different People: Incipient Obesity Experts’ Critiques of Fat andThin, 1890-1930,” Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, September 27, 2008.

“Prescribing Bodies: Medical Critiques of Fat and Thin,” 1890-1930,” History of Medicine Seminar, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland, July 24, 2008.

Selected grants

2016

  • Global Ethics and Futures (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Miles R, Anderson W, Bleasel J, Haq I, Lea T, Griffiths P, Jou C, Poronnik P, Race K, Hickey-Moody A, Ross P; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Jou, C. (2017). Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food with Government Help. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Journals

  • Jou, C. (2017). Make America's (Foodways) Great Again: Nostalgia, Early Twentieth-Century Dietary Critiques, and the Specter of Obesity in Contemporary Food Commentary. Gastronomica, 17(1), 20-32. [More Information]
  • Jou, C. (2017). Review of Andrew F. Smith, Fast Food: The Good, the Bad and the Hungry (London: Reaktion, 2016). Gastronomica, 17(2).
  • Jou, C. (2014). Neither Welcomed, Nor Refused: Race and Restaurants in Postwar New York City. Journal of Urban History, 40(2), 232-251. [More Information]
  • Jou, C. (2014). The Biology and Genetics of Obesity - A Century of Inquiries. The New England Journal of Medicine, 370(20), 1874-1877. [More Information]
  • Jou, C. (2011). Contesting Nativism: The New York Congressional Delegation’s Case against the Immigration Act of 1924. Federal History, 2011 (2), 66-79.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Jou, C. (2017). Historical Precedent for Protesting Trump's 'Muslim Ban'. The Huffington Post.
  • Jou, C. (2015). Fighting Obesity Requires a War on Poverty. The Drum, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Jou, C. (2014). The Jim Crow North? Dining in New York City before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Huffington Post.
  • Jou, C. (2013). Cutting Food Stamps Will Cost Everyone. The Atlantic (online).
  • Jou, C. (2011). Counting Calories. Chemical Heritage Magazine, 29(1).
  • Jou, C. (2011). The NIH and Obesity in the 1970s and 1980s. The NIH Catalyst.

2017

  • Jou, C. (2017). Historical Precedent for Protesting Trump's 'Muslim Ban'. The Huffington Post.
  • Jou, C. (2017). Make America's (Foodways) Great Again: Nostalgia, Early Twentieth-Century Dietary Critiques, and the Specter of Obesity in Contemporary Food Commentary. Gastronomica, 17(1), 20-32. [More Information]
  • Jou, C. (2017). Review of Andrew F. Smith, Fast Food: The Good, the Bad and the Hungry (London: Reaktion, 2016). Gastronomica, 17(2).
  • Jou, C. (2017). Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food with Government Help. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

2015

  • Jou, C. (2015). Fighting Obesity Requires a War on Poverty. The Drum, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

2014

  • Jou, C. (2014). Neither Welcomed, Nor Refused: Race and Restaurants in Postwar New York City. Journal of Urban History, 40(2), 232-251. [More Information]
  • Jou, C. (2014). The Biology and Genetics of Obesity - A Century of Inquiries. The New England Journal of Medicine, 370(20), 1874-1877. [More Information]
  • Jou, C. (2014). The Jim Crow North? Dining in New York City before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Huffington Post.

2013

  • Jou, C. (2013). Cutting Food Stamps Will Cost Everyone. The Atlantic (online).

2011

  • Jou, C. (2011). Contesting Nativism: The New York Congressional Delegation’s Case against the Immigration Act of 1924. Federal History, 2011 (2), 66-79.
  • Jou, C. (2011). Counting Calories. Chemical Heritage Magazine, 29(1).
  • Jou, C. (2011). The NIH and Obesity in the 1970s and 1980s. The NIH Catalyst.

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