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University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Irvine
M.A., Ph.D., Duke University
M.Phil., University of Cambridge
B.A., Shanghai International Studies University

Yidong Gong is a cultural anthropologist working at the intersections of medical anthropology, global health, African Studies, and China Studies. He had worked as a bilingual journalist/editor and foreign correspondent before changing his life trajectory in 2012 to pursue an academic career. He studies how sociocultural and political conditions shape illness and healing, and how medical expertise and ethics influence biopolitics in transnational healthcare, particularly their convergence and friction in Africa. Hi current book project examines China’s long-standing medical programs in South Sudan, which offer an alternative to the widely accepted logic and values of medical humanitarianism in places marked by “crisis” or “conflict”.

At New College of Florida, he teaches courses in medical anthropology, mental health and culture, comparative humanitarianisms, Africa-China relations. He is also a core faculty member of the Joint AOC in Health, Culture, and Societies (HCS).

Recent Courses

Medical Anthropology
Global Mental Health
Anthropology of Humanitarianism and Development
Beyond the Body: Anthropology of Surgery
China, Africa, and Globalization
History of Anthropological Theory
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Biological Anthropology: From Primatology to Molecular Anthropology

Selected Publications

Gong, Yidong. “Non-Suffering Work: China’s Medical Interventions in South Sudan.” The China Quarterly 250 (2022): 464-85. doi:10.1017/S0305741022000534.

Cramblit, Mackenzie, Yidong Gong and Jay Hammond. 2014. Putting Science in its Place. Somatosphere.