Ka-che Yip Professor, History 2010-2013 Presidential Research Professor
Since joining UMBC in 1972, Ka-che Yip has made significant contributions to the study of China and the history of public health and disease. His work bridges historical scholarship in the east and west and contributes to contemporary policy debates on public health issues.
Among historians and public policy scholars, Yip’s scholarship places him among the top researchers internationally. Throughout his career, Yip has been known for embracing transnational and cross-cultural approaches in his research. His recent focus on developments in medical education and public health reveals the important consequences of government decisions in China’s history, and his scholarship on malaria eradication in China makes him a world-renowned expert on the subject.
Yip has conducted research in archives and libraries in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada and the United States. He wrote two exemplary monographs (scholarly essays), co-authored another and edited a collection of essays – in addition to publishing nearly 35 articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries. He has been awarded numerous grants to support his research and has been invited to present some three dozen papers at conferences since 1984. He has been published and presented papers in 11 countries on four continents.
At UMBC, Yip is a dedicated, effective and popular teacher who always teaches a full course load in addition to offering classes in the winter and summer sessions. He has served on the Faculty Senate, the University Faculty Review Committee and the Presidential Professor Nominating Committee, among others. He is an ideal model of a scholar and a teacher, reflecting UMBC’s commitment to both research and education.
Yip earned his B.A. in History from the University of Hong Kong. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D., both in East Asian History, from Columbia University. He completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.