Karen M. Teoh is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Asian Studies Program. Specializing in modern Chinese and transnational Asian history, Professor Teoh joins Stonehill's History Department after having taught at Bowdoin College, Northeastern University and Harvard University.

Professor Teoh’s research focuses on Chinese migration and diaspora from the 17th century to the present, and examines how changing notions of gender roles, ethnicity, and cultural hybridity have shaped the identities of groups and individuals. Her most recent book, Schooling Diaspora: Women, Education, and the Overseas Chinese in British Malaya and Singapore 1850s-1960s (2018), is about the reach and influence of women's transnational networks through Chinese and English girls' schools in colonial Southeast Asia. Professor Teoh’s articles have been published in Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, Twentieth-century China, and Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific. Her current research projects include a social history of gambling and the overseas Chinese, and a reference work on women in Chinese history. She is a Research Associate of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.


  • Ph.D. Chinese History (2008) Harvard University
  • M.A. Chinese History (2004) Harvard University
  • B.A. History (1999) Yale University


  • Asian American History (HIS 286)
  • Bound Feet and Dragon Ladies: Women & Power in East Asia (HIS 374)
  • China Rising: The Re-emergence of a Global Superpower (HIS 100)
  • Modern China (HIS 270)
  • Perspectives on China (HIS 100/FYS 121)
  • World History I (HIS 271)
  • World History II (HIS 272)
  • World History Seminar (HIS 362)