Julia Chang's research and teaching focuses on nineteenth-century Spanish literature and culture with a special interest in the realist novel, medicine, gender studies, feminism, race, and late Spanish colonialism (Philippines).
Julia Chang earned her B.A. from the University of Loyola Marymount with a major in Humanities and Spanish. She completed her M.A. at New York University in Madrid and her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.
Her research and teaching fields include nineteenth-century Spanish literature and culture with a special focus on the realist novel, gender studies, medical hygiene, and Spanish colonialism. More recently, she has begun researching Hispano-Asian relations in the nineteenth century, examining fictional and ethnographic writing on the Philippines.
She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled "Blood and Chastity: Narratives of Purity in Spanish Realism," which explores the ways in which the pre-modern obsession with blood purity gives shape to idea of the chaste in modern Spain.