I am a global historian with research and teaching interests in modern China.
PhD, Harvard University
MA, New York University
BA, University of California, Berkeley
I teach a first-year practicing history module on ‘Tiananmen 1989: Origins, Movement, and Memory’ and ‘Rise of Communism and China’s Long War, 1925-1949.’ I convene and lecture on the first-year module ‘The Making of the Contemporary World, 1800-Present.’ For the second-year I teach a second-year option on ‘China Since 1800’ and ‘China in the Twentieth-Century’ and have lead a yearlong second-year group research on ‘God’s Chinese Son: The Taiping Rebellion, 1850-1864’ for which students conduct primary source research. Additionally, I co-lecture and teach seminars on the ‘History in Theory and Practice’ module, bringing an emphasis on theoretical, global, and comparative perspectives. For the third year I supervise dissertations on a range of topics relating to modern China, particularly in a global context. I contribute seminars to the Global History MA and Global Christianity MA.
I would be happy to offer postgraduate supervision on any aspect of modern China. Please feel free to be in touch about your postgraduate study plans.
Previous MA thesis topics that I have co-supervised include Sino-British economic relations and a comparative study of Roman imperial cults and Japanese overseas shrines.
My research and teaching interests are in environmental history, cities, science and technology, frontier and transnational history, historiography, cultural studies, and gender. I have research experience in archives in China, Taiwan, USA, Germany, Britain, and France. My work has been supported by the British Academy, the Sino-British Fellowship Trust, Fulbright-IIE, DAAD, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, the Taiwan Fellowship MOFA, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and the Fairbank Center.
I am the principal director of the Global China: New Approaches lecture series with my colleague Dr Chiang at Warwick. The lecture series is funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange and consists of six public lectures scheduled for 2014-2015. Lectures at Birmingham will be delivered by Eric Tagliacozzo (Oct. 29, 2014), Pamela Crossley (Feb. 25, 2015) and Ien Ang (May 7, 2015). Lectures at Warwick will be delivered by Shu-mei Shih (Dec. 3, 2014), Angela Leung (May 14, 2015), and Eugenio Menegon (June 11, 2015).
“Business, Water, and the Global City: Germany, Europe, and China, 1820-1950.” PhD thesis, Harvard University, 2013.