I am interested in the history of science, technology, and medicine in late imperial China, in particular, the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). I use the methodological insights of historians of the book in early modern China and Europe to inform the study of technical information--its production and organization.
My dissertation project offers Mao Yuanyi's (1594–1640) Treatise on Military Preparedness (Wu bei zhi, 1621), a military encyclopedia, as a case study of Ming practices of technical knowledge production. I argue that an early modern Chinese technical text is a product of specific social practices of its author within an expert community and the reading practices of its author and readers. These practices collectively produce technical meaning and challenge the hegemony of European knowledge practices in conversations on the history of technology in the early modern world.
Alternative and complementary healing in history, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), yoga, meditation, and alternative drug therapies. Specific themes may vary from year to year.
This course examines the evolution of the book across the globe from bamboo manuscripts and papyrus to Kindle and Kobo. Topics include the social and cultural history of books, the material history of books, print culture, manuscripts, libraries and archives, and descriptive bibliography. Students will be encouraged to make use of UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections.
University of British Columbia, Department of History, TA:
HIST 104, World History since 1900 (Spring 2012)
HIST 260, Science and Society (Fall 2012)
HIST 104, Plagues and Poisons: Disease in History (Spring 2013)
HIST 104 Intervention and the Emergence of International Law, (Fall 2014, Fall 2015)
HIST 280, Islamic World History (Spring 2014)
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, Honors Supervisor: Nathan Sivin
M.A. University of Pennsylvania, Supervisor: Paul Goldin