My research focuses on how communist groups in Southeast Asia—Cambodia, Indonesia, Burma, and the Philippines in particular—imported, adapted, and made use of Maoism, and how that interacted with other, particularly indigenous influences. The emphasis is on the system of Maoism and its "fit" with different radical intellectual groups' distinct visions for the future.
A similar trend has emerged in recent scholarship on contemporary Chinese history with accounts that cast Mao in an exceptionally negative light, such as the highly distorted and unrelenting Mao: The Untold Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, historian Frank Dikotter 's defamatory Mao's Great Famine, and Mao's personal physician Li Zhisui's book on Mao's private life. The next four chapters analyze Mao as a historical figure and examine his life in chronologically focused essays, which begin with the world in which Mao lived, the period between 1937 and 1956 that "formed the defining period in Mao's life," his struggles within the Party (Wang Ming and the pro-Soviet Returned Scholars) and without (China's failed transition to socialist modernity), and his controversial policies as supreme leader of a reunified China (p. 109).
Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia
Courses TA-ed at UBC:
HIST103 002: History of the Twentieth Century World (2015-2016)
HIST256, Section 201: History of Africa (2015)
HIST273, Section 101: History of India (2014)
HIST103 001: World History since 1900 (2012-2013);
HIST364: Medieval European History (2012).
Teaching Assistant, Concordia University
Courses TA-ed at Concordia University:
Hist201-202: History of Europe (2010-2011).