College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Dusty Clark

Graduate Student
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East Asian History, World History, History of Medicine.

Advised by Megan Greene.

Dissertation Title: “Tradition Reinvented: The Rationalization of Kanpō Medicine in Twentieth Century Japan.”



Dusty Lynn Clark received his bachelor’s degree in history from West Texas A&M University in 2006. After entering the history program at KU in 2007, Dusty subsequently completed his master’s degree in history in 2010 and his PhD comprehensive examination (with honors) in 2012. Dusty is currently engaged in writing his dissertation. Titled “Tradition Reinvented: The Rationalization of Kanpō Medicine in Twentieth Century Japan,” Dusty’s dissertation seeks to examine how early twentieth century Japanese physicians used various Western biomedical theories to re-conceptualize traditional Sino-Japanese medicine within the bounds of “modernity” and “science” in order to promote its consumption within a skeptical Japanese society.

Dusty’s research interests include modern Japanese/Chinese history (19th–21st centuries), public health, traditional Chinese medicine, imperialism, and cross–cultural perceptions.

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