Po-Hsun Chen

Visiting Student Research Collaborator (VSRC)

Po-Hsun Chen is a PhD candidate at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, the University of Manchester, UK. The Taiwan Government Scholarship for Overseas Study, the Ministry of Education (2020-2023) and the D. Kim Foundation dissertation fellowship (2023-2024) have sponsored his PhD program. He obtained his Master of Social Science degree (2015-2018) at the Institute of Science, Technology and Society, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He is also a physician trained in biomedicine and traditional Chinese medicine (2007-2015) at Chang Gung University, Taiwan.

His research interests lie mainly in the history of herbs, particularly the interaction between materials, actors, and regulations in modern society. His research fields are located at STS, the history of medicine, and humanities in medicine. His PhD project is ‘Herbal Toxicity Counts: Negotiating Herbal Toxicity for Identity and Modernity of Diasporic Chinese Countries after World War II.’ His articles have been published in East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal; Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine; Disquisitions on the Past & Present; Journal of Chinese Medical and Pharmaceutical Researches. He also has contributed book chapters to Discovering Medical Tainan (National Cheng Kung University, 2022), Traveling with STS Things (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University Press, 2022), and Taiwan’s COVID-19 Experience: Governance, Governmentality, and the Global Pandemic (Routledge, 2024).

Area of Interest
Medicine & Health
Modern Science
Science and Technology Studies
20th Century
21st Century