January 2012

Fa-ti Fan

History Department
State University of New York at Binghamton
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902
ffan@binghamton.edu
(607) 777-2494

 

Academic Employment:

  • Associate Professor, Department of History (joint with Asian and Asian American Studies), State University of New York at Binghamton, 2005-.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of History, State University of New York at Binghamton, 2000-2005.

Education:

  • Ph.D.   University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999
  • M.A.  University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993
  • B.Sc.  National Chengkung University, Taiwan, 1987

Publications:

Books:

  • British Naturalists in Qing China: Science, Empire, and Cultural Encounter (Harvard University Press, 2004). Chinese Translation (Beijing: Remin chubanshe, forthcoming)
  • Chinese Translation, with a new introduction by the author (Beijing: Remin daxue chubanshe, 2011).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Science, State, and Citizens: Notes from Another Shore,” Science and Its Histories, ed. Robert Kohler and Kathryn Olesko, Osiris 27 (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming in 2012).
  • “‘Collective Monitoring, Collective Defense’: Science, Earthquakes and Politics in Communist China,” in Science in Context (forthcoming in 2012)
  • “Circulating Material Objects: The International Controversy over Antiquities and Fossils in Twentieth-Century China,” in Circulating Knowledge, East and West, ed. Bernard
  • Lightman, Gordon McQuat, and Larry Stewart (Brill, forthcoming)
  • “文化遭遇與科學實作:清代中國的英科學帝國主義與博物研究” (“Scientific Practice in Cultural Encounter: Natural History and British Scientific Imperialism in Qing China”), Ping-yi Chu, ed., 中國史新論:科技與中國社會. (New Perspectives on Chinese History: Science and Technology in Chinese Society) (Taipei: Lianjing, forthcoming).
  • “Science in Cultural Borderlands: Methodological Reflections on the Study of Science, European Imperialism, and Cultural Encounter,” East Asian Science, Technology, and Society: an International Journal 1: 2 (2008): 213-231.
  • “How Did the Chinese Become Native?: Science and the Search for National Origins in the May Fourth Era,” in Kai-wing Chow, et. al., eds., Beyond the May Fourth Paradigm: In Search of Chinese Modernity (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008), 183-208.
  • “Redrawing the Map: Science in Twentieth-Century China,” Isis 98 (September 2007), 524-538.
  • “Nature and Nation in Chinese Political Thought: the National Essence Circle in Early Twentieth-Century China,” The Moral Authority of Nature, ed. Lorraine Daston and Fernando Vidal (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004), 409-37.
  • “Science in a Chinese Entrepôt: British Naturalists and Their Chinese Associates in Old Canton.” Osiris 18 (2003): 60-78.
  • “Science and Informal Empire: Victorian Naturalists in China,” British Journal for the History of Science 36 (2003), 1-26.
  • “Hybrid Discourse and Textual Practice: Sinology and Natural History in the Nineteenth Century,” History of Science, 38 (2000): 25-56.
  • With Yin, S. J., et al. “Genetics-Polymorphism and Activities of Human Lung Alcohol and Aldehyde Dehychogenases—Implications for Ethanol-Metabolism and Cytotoxicity.” Biochemical Genetics, 30 (1992): 203-15.

Review Essays and Commentaries:

  • “East Asian STS: Fox or Hedgehog,” East Asian Science, Technology, and Society 1: 2 (March 2008): 243-247.
  • Featured essay review on Benjamin Elman, On Their Own Terms: Science in China, 1550-1900 (Harvard University Press, 2005), Isis 97 (2006): 535-538.
  • “Author’s Reply” for a review symposium on my book, British Naturalists in Qing China, in Metascience 14: 2 (2005): 165-69.
  • “Science and Medicine, Asia and Europe.” Review essay in Metascience 11 (2002): 177-84.
  • “British Naturalists in China, 1790s-1870s.” Newsletter for the History of Chinese Sciecne, 10 (1995): 133-35.

Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries:

  • Review of James Palmer, Heaven Cracks and Earth Shakes: The Trangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao’s China (New York: Basic Books, 2011), The China Quarterly (forthcoming).
  • Review of Carla Nappi, The Monkey and the Ink Pot: Natural History in Early Modern China, IsisVol. 101, No. 4 (December 2010), pp. 883-884
  • Review of Hu Zonggang, Jingsheng Shengwu Diaochasuo shigao (Jinan: Shandong jiaoyu chubanshe, 2005), Isis, forthcoming.
  • Review of Linda Barnes, Needles, Herbs, Gods, and Ghosts: China, Healing, and the West to 1848 (Harvard University Press, 2005), Journal of Global History, vol. 1, issue 3 (2006): 412-413.
  • Review of Ruth Rogaski, Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-Port China (University of California Press, 2004), Metascience 14: 3 (November 2005), 373-76.
  • Review of Laurence Schneider, Biology and Revolution in Twentieth-Century China (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). Metascience, vol. 13 (2004): 256-258.
  • Entries on “Clarke Abel,” “Henry Fletcher Hance,” and “Robert Swinhoe,” in Bernard Lightman, ed., Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Scientists (Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2004).
  • Review of Randall Dodgen, Controlling the Dragon: Confucian Engineers and the Yellow River in Late Imperial China (University of Hawaii Press, 2000). British Journal for the History of Science 35: 2 (June 2002), 231-232.
  • Entry on “John Reeves,” New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
  • Review of Georgius Everhardus Rumphius, The Ambonese Curiosity Cabinet (Yale University Press, 1999), Isis 93 (2002): 119.
  • Review of Laura Hostetler, Qing Colonial Enterprise: Ethnography and Cartography in Early Modern China (University of Chicago Press, 2001), Metascience 10 (November 2001): 458-61.
  • Entries on “China: General Works,” “China: Natural History,” and “Orientalism.” Arne Hessenbruch, ed., Reader’s Guide to the History of Science (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000).
  • Review of Watanabe Masao, Science and Cultural Exchange in Modern History: Japan and the West (Tokyo: Hokusen-sha, 1997), British Journal for the History of Science (June 2000): 233-34.
  • Review of Yi-Fu Tuan, Who Am I? An Autobiography of Emotion, Mind, and Spirit (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999), Wisconsin Academy Review, 46: 2 (Spring 2000): 43-44.
  • Review of Mark Elvin and Liu Ts’ui-jung (eds), Sediments of Time: Environment and Society in Chinese History (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Endeavour: A Quarterly Review of the History and Philosophy of Science, 23: 3 (1999): 138.
  • Review of Robert Marks, Tigers, Rice, Silk, and Silt: Environment and Economy in Late Imperial South China (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 30: 1 (Summer 1999): 166-67.
  • Review of James R. Pusey, Lu Xun & Evolution (SUNY Press, 1998), Journal of the History of Biology, 32 (Spring, 1999): 218-20.
  • Review of Christopher Cullen, Astronomy and Mathematics in Ancient China: The Zhou bi suan jing (Cambridge University Press, 1996). Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society, 88 (1997): 529-30. 

Web/Electronic Publications:

  • “Nationalisms in East Asia,” co-authored with Laura Neitzel for the Expanding East Asian Studies Program, Columbia University, published October 2004, <http://www.exeas.org/resources/nationalisms.html>.  
  • As Secretary of the International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine, I edited its bi-annual Newsletter and contributed reports and notices, 2005-2008.

Grants, Fellowships, and Honors:

  • Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2009-2010.
  • Research Grant, The D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia, 2009.
  • Directeur d'Etudes Associé, Institut d'Etudes Avancées, Paris, Summer 2008.
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, September-October, 2007.
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 2007.
  • Visiting Scholar, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and REHSEIS (CNRS and University of Paris VII), Paris, Summer 2005.
  • Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship, Spring 2005.
  • Andrew Mellon Fellowship, The Needham Research Institute, Cambridge (UK), Fall 2003 (postponed to Summer 2004).
  • Dean’s Research Semester Award, SUNY-Binghamton, Spring 2003.
  • Participant, Asian Studies Initiatives Grant, the Freeman Foundation, 2002-2005.
  • Individual Development Award, UUP/SUNY, 2001.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, 1999-2000.
  • Small Grant, The China and Inner Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies, 1998.
  • Dissertation Research Grant, National Science Foundation, 1996-97.
  • Grant for Research Abroad, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996.
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, 1995-1996.

Professional Service:

Editorial and Other Board Memberships:

Editorial Boards:

  • Editorial Board, Osiris, 2011-
  • Editorial Board, 《自然科学史研究》, Studies in the History of Natural Sciences, the official journal of the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009-
  • Associate Editor, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 2007- (based at UC-Berkeley)
  • Editorial board, East Asia Science, Technology and Society: an International Journal, 2006-(based in Taiwan)
  • Editorial board, Review, Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center, 2006-
  • Editorial board, book series Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century, Pickering & Chatto Publishers, 2005-
  • Advisory editorial board, Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society, 2004-2006.
  • Editorial board, Metascience, 2002-4.

Other Board Memberships:

  • Reviewer, European Research Council, 2010-
  • Executive Board, the Fernand Braudel Center, Binghamton University, 2006-

Referee Work:

Book Proposal and Manuscript Reviewing:

University of Chicago Press, Needham Research Institute, National Tsin-Hua University Press, Taiwan, Princeton University Press, Yale University Press, Chatto & Pickering, Cambridge University Press, SUNY Press.

Journal Referee:

Gender & History; Modern China; Environment and History; Postcolonial Studies; East Asian Science, Technology and Society; Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society; Review: A Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center; Social History of Medicine; British Journal for the History of Science; Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences; Historia Scientiarum; Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology & Medicine, Studies in the History of Natural Sciences (Chinese).

Conference Organizing:

  • International Advisory Committee, 12th International Conference of History on the History of Science in East Asia, Baltimore, July 14-18, 2008.
  • Steering Committee, New York Conference on Asian Studies, 2007.
  • Organizing Committee, “Asian Migrations,” SUNY-Binghamton, March 24-25, 2006.
  • Abstract Reviewing, Tenth Annual Conference, North American Taiwan Studies Association, 2004.

Offices and Committees in Professional Socieities:

  • Nominating Committee, History of Science Society, 2011.
  • Secretary, International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine, 2005-2008.

Lectures and Presentations:

Invited Lectures and Papers:

  • “The Historiography of Chinese Science in 20th-century China," to be presented at the “Golden Ages: Universal Histories and the Origins of Science” conference, Columbia University, December 9-10, 2011
  • Discussant, the “Circulating and Connecting Knowledge in Early Modern Europe” workshop, Sorbonne and Columbia University, Paris, June 27-29, 2011.
  • “Cultures of Mass Science in Mao’s China,” presented at the “Cultures and Styles of Scientific Practice” workshop, organized by Evelyn Fox Keller and Karine Chemla, Fondation des Treilles, France, June 20-25 2011.
  • “Taiwan and China, 1940s-1980s,” Asian Studies Program, Rowan University, April 18, 2011.
  • “Earthquake Research in Communist China,” Department of History of Science, Johns Hopkins University, March 3, 2011.

2010

  •  "Science, State, and Citizenry: Rethinking Science in 20th-Century China," the Critical China Studies Working Group, University of Toronto and York University, Toronto, December 3, 2010.
  • “Outside the Boxes: Area Studies and the Historiography of Science,” presented at the “Science and Its Histories” conference, Huntington Library, California, September 24-15, 2010
  • "Nationalism, Internationalism, and the Science of Antiquities in Modern China" presented at the “Circulating Knowledge, East and West” conference, July 21-23, University of King’s College, Halifax, Canada
  • "Science, Earthquake Monitoring, and Everyday Knowledge in Communist China," Program in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Stanford University, April 22, 2010
  • “Animals and Their Political Meanings in 20th-Century China,” presented at the “Animals and Society” workshop, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, April 17, 2010.
  • “‘The People's War against Earthquakes’: Science, Natural Disasters, and Mass Politics in Communist China,” Presented at the History of Science, Technology, Environment, and Health Program, Rutgers University, April 2, 2010
  • "New Wine in Old Bottles: Nationalism, Internationalism and the Preservation of Antiquities in Republican China," presented at the East Asian Studies Seminar, Institute for Advanced Study, March 16, 2010
  • Discussant for Pamela Smith’s paper, “Knowledge in Motion: A Tentative History of Science in the Early Modern World,” Davis Center Seminar, Princeton University, March 12, 2010.
  • “The Controversy over Spontaneous Generation in Republican China: Science, Culture and Politics,” presented at the “Routes of Science and Culture in China, 1860s-1930s”
  • conference, Yale University, January 29-30, 2010
  • “How to Write the History of Science in 20th-Century China,” presented at the “China over the 90 Years” Conference, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, December 10-11, 2009.
  • “Science, Politics, and Earthquakes in Communist China,” School of Historical Studies Lunchtime Colloquium, Institute for Advanced Study, December 7, 2010
  • “Science, Earthquake Monitoring, and Everyday Knowledge in Communist China,” presented to the History of Science and Medicine Program, Yale University, November 9, 2010.

2009

  • "Science, Everyday Knowledge and Earthquake Prediction in Communist China," presented at the "Witness to Disaster" Conference, Columbia University, October 29-30, 2009.
  • "Science, Earthquake Monitoring, and Mass Observation in Communist China," presented at the History of Science Colloquium, Princeton University, October 23, 2009.
  • "Science, Earthquake Monitoring, and Mass Observation in Communist China," presented at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, September 28, 2009.
  • "Science, Earthquakes, and Mass Politics in Communist China," presented to the History Department, University of British Columbia, Canada, May 5, 2009.
  • Panelist on the wrap-up session, "What are Anniversaries for?" and moderator for the "Science, Technology and Modern China" session, at the "Politics, Memory, and Dissent: May Fourth, June Fourth, & Beyond" workshop, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, Canada, May 4, 2009.
  • "What Can STS Learn from East Asian Studies?" keynote speech presented at the "East Asian Studies and Science & Technology Studies: Towards Productive Cross-fertilization" workshop, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University, April 24, 2009.
  • "Science and Technology across Borders and the Art of Border Crossing," keynote speech presented at the "STS Across Borders" conference, Virginia Tech, March 22-22, 2009. I was also a panelist on the wrap-up roundtable discussion.
  • "'The People's Science': Earthquake Prediction, Everyday Knowledge, and Mass Politics in Communist China"), Presented at the "Science and Technology in the Making of Modern China" conference, Harvey Mudd College, February, 27-28, 2009
  • "Science, Authority, and the Public: the Controversy over Spontaneous Generation in Republican China," presented at the Institute of History, Tsin-hua University, Taiwan, January 5, 2009.

2008

  •  "Place, Everyday Epistemology, and Earthquake Prediction in Socialist China," presented at the "Places of Knowledge" Conference, Cornell University, October 3-5, 2008.
  • "Earthquake Prediction, Everyday Epistemology, and Mass Science in Communist China," Presented at the "Cultures and Styles of Scientific Practice" workshop, La fondation des Treilles, France, June 16-21, 2008.
  • "Redrawing the Map: Science in 20th-Century China," Institut d'Estudes Avancées, Paris, June 11, 2008.
  • "Textual Practice in 19th-Century Sinology and Natural History," presented at the "Histoire des sciences, histoire du texte" workshop, REHSEIS (CNRS and University of Paris VII), May 22, 2008.
  • "Nature and Nation in Illustration: Natural History Drawings in Chinese Nationalist Journals in the Early Twentieth Century," presented at the "L'illustration naturaliste et ses enjeux scientifiques" workshop, REHSEIS (CNRS and University of Paris VII), May 15, 2008.
  • "Science in Cultural Encounter: a New Perspective on Science and Empire," presented at the "Empires and Science" workshop, Hill Center for World Studies and several units at Brown University, March 28-30, 2008.
  • "Art and Science in Maritime China," East Asia Program, Cornell University, March 6, 2008.
  • "'The People's Science': Earthquake Studies and Mass Politics in Maoist China," Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, February 25, 2008.

2007

  • "Late-Qing 'Earth Studies' and Global Geographic Discourses." Presented at the "Living Texts: Rethinking China and the World in the Late Qing" workshop, Department of Comparative Literature and East Asian Institute, Columbia University, December 13-14, 2007.
  • Discussant for paper by Meng Yue, "The Wonder of Plants: Vegetation Studies Before Botany in the Nineteenth Century." Modern China Seminar, East Asian Institute, Columbia University, December 6, 2007.
  • "Redrawing the Map: Science in Twentieth-Century China." Presented at the Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, September 7, 2007
  • "Everyday Knowledge and Earthquake Prediction in Communist China." Presented at the Institute of History, Tsing-hua University, Taiwan, June 13, 2007.
  • "'The People's Science': Everyday Epistemology and Earthquake Prediction in Communist China." Presented at the "Lay Participation in the History of Scientific Observation" workshop, Max Plank Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, May 31-June 3, 2007.
  • Discussant for paper by Larrisa Heinrich, "What is Hard for the Eye to See: Anatomical Aesthetics from Benjamin Hobson to Lu Xun," Modern China Seminar, East Asian Institute, Columbia University, April 12, 2007.
  • "Science, Politics, and Earthquakes in Communist China." Presented at the Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, March 20, 2007.

2006

  • “New Wines in Old Bottles: Nationalism, International Politics, and the Preservation of Antiquities in Republican China,” Presented at the Department of History, SUNY-Binghamton, November 30, 2006
  • "Science and Cultural Encounter in Nineteenth-Century China." Presented at the "Science, Technology, and Chinese Society" workshop at the Institute for History and Philology, Academia Sinica, September 7-8, 2006.
  • "Nationalism and the Historiography of Science in China." Presented at REHSEIS (CNRS and University of Paris VII), June 22, 2006.
  • Opening commentator, the "Everyday Technology, Materiality and Gender in China, 1890 to 1960" Workshop, Weatherhead Institute of East Asian Institute, Columbia University, May 19-21, 2006.
  • "Science in Cultural Borderlands: British Naturalists and Chinese Artisans in Maritime China." Presented at the East Asian Studies Program, City College, City University of New York, March 10, 2006.
  • Participant, the "Science, Technology, and Society" Workshop (by invitation only), organized by National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, January 12-14, 2006.

2005

  • "Art, Science, and Commerce in Cultural Borderlands." Presented at the Institute of History, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, December 28, 2005.
  • "Science, Antiquities, and the International System of Cultural Heritage Preservation." Presented at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, December 22, 2005.
  • "Nationalism, International Politics, and the Preservation of Antiquities." Presented at the Modern China Seminar, Columbia University, December 8, 2005.
  • Discussant for paper by Jing Yuen Tsu, "A Different Science: Electric Bodies and Credulity in Early Twentieth Century China," Modern China Seminar, Columbia University, November 10, 2005.
  • "Art, Science, and Commerce in Cultural Borderlands." Presented at the Alexander Koyré Centre for the History of Science, Paris, May 11, 2005.
  • "Power, Epistemology and Fieldwork." Presented at REHSEIS, CNRS and University of Paris VII, May 10, 2005.
  • "Chinese Central Asia in Transnational Scientific Discourse and International Politics" Presented at the "Transnational Circulation of Landscape Narratives and National Building" Conference, University of Texas-Austin, April 15, 2005
  • "Science in a Global Context and the National Question." Presented to the Department of the Sociology and History of Science, University of Pennsylvania, April 4, 2005.
  • "Art and Science in Maritime China." Presented at Division of Humanities, York University, Canada, February 11, 2005.

2004

  • Discussant for paper by Susan Fernsebner, “Objects, Spectacle and a Nation on Display at the Nanyang Exposition of 1910,” in the “Exhibiting East Asia” Conference, King’s College, Cambridge University, UK, June 21-23, 2004.
  • “British Naturalists in Qing China: Science, Empire, and Cultural Encounter.” Presented at the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University, UK, May 27, 2004.

2003

  • "Science, Nation, and Modernity: the Case of Republican China." Presented at the "A Conversation About the Future History of East Asian Science, Medicine, and Technology" Conference, Department of the History of Science and Department of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, September 12-13, 2003.
  • "Ethnicity and Historical Geography in Chinese Nationalism." Presented at the "Race, Science, and Culture in 20th Century East Asia and America" Workshop, MIT, April 25-26, 2003.
  • "Science in a Chinese Entrepôt: Natural History in the Early Modern World." Presented at the Office for the History of Science and Technology, University of California-Berkeley, February 24, 2003.
  • "The Tradition of Scientific Modernity: Science and the May Fourth Movement." Presented at the "In Search of Tradition: Re-Interpreting the May Fourth Movement" conference, Oregon State University, February 14-15, 2003.
  • Participant, the "Expanding East Asian Studies" Workshop, East Asian Institute, Columbia University:
    • Fourth meeting, January 30, 2004.
    • Third meeting, May 3, 2003.
    • Second meeting, January 31-February 1, 2003.
    • First meeting, September 28, 2002.

2002

  • "Science in Global Context and the National Question: Prehistoric Archaeology in China, 1910s-40s." Invited presentation at the "The Disunity of Chinese Science" conference, Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine, University of Chicago, May 10-12, 2002.
  • "Nature and National Narratives in Twentieth-Century China." Invited presentation at the "New Explorations: Histories of Natural History in East Asia" Workshop, Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study, March 16, 2002.

2001

  • “Teaching World Environmental History.” Invited lecture at the World History Summer Institute, American Forum for Global Education, New York City, August 21, 2001.
  •  Discussant, Coloniality Workshop, State University of New York at Binghamton, May 4, 2001.

2000 and Before

  • "Nature and National Essence: the guocui Circle in Early Twentieth-Century China." Invited presentation at the Moral Authority of Nature Workshop at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, June 16-30, 2000.
  • "Power, Fieldwork, and Folk knowledge." Presented at the Colloquium, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, April 11, 2000.
  • "Science and Informal Empire: Victorian Naturalists in China." Invited lecture, Department of History, State University of New York at Binghamton, April 1, 2000.
  • "Translating the Visual: Natural History Illustration and Chinese Export Painting in the Nineteenth Century." Invited lecture, The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Imperial College, London, September 27, 1999.
  • Paper presenter and commentator at the Moral Authority of Nature Workshop, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, September 13-24, 1999.
  • "Intersecting Worlds and Exotic Goods: Material Culture and Natural History in the
  • China Trade." Invited lecture, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, December 9, 1998

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • “Scholars, Citizens, and a Critical Perspective on Science and Technology in East Asia,” “Engaging with Asia--Responsibilities and Opportunities in the History of Science and Technology: A Roundtable,” co-sponsored by HSS and SHOT, Cleveland, November 3-6, 2011.
  • “‘A Meteorological Army of Five Million’: Agricultural Meteorology in Communist China,” Annual Meeting, History of Science Society, Cleveland, November 3-6, 2011.
  •  Commentator, “Postcolonial STS and East Asia” session, Annual Meeting, Society for the Social Studies of Science, Cleveland, November 3-6, 2011.
  • Commentator, “Agricultural Science in Vietnam and China” session, History of Science Society Meeting, Montreal, November 4-7, 2010
  • “Science, Nationalism, and Internationalism in Republican China,” presented at the XXIII International Congress for History of Science and Technology, Budapest, July 28-August 2, 2009.
  • “Ancient Lands, Modern Territories: Transnational Circulation of Landscape Representations of Central Asia in the Early Twentieth Century,” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, March 26-29, 2009.
  • “An American Entomologist in China: J. G. Needham and His Chinese Colleagues,” presented at the Annual History of Science Society Meeting, Pittsburgh, November 6-9, 2008.
  • Commentator for the session, “Colonial Sciences in Japan’s ‘Great East Asian Co-
  • Prosperity Sphere’” and Chair for the session, “Science, Technology, and Medicine in Transit in East Asia, 1944-1993,” the 12th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia, Baltimore, July 14-18, 2008. As Secretary of the Society, I also presented a report of the office of the Secretary in the General Assembly Session.
  • "Earthquake Prediction and Mass Science in Communist China." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Washington DC, November, 1-4, 2007.
  • Chair and discussant for the panels, "Global Trends and Local Manifestations: Beyond the National History of Knowledge Production and Its Practice" and "The Impact of Western Science and Technology on East Asian Societies," New York Conference on Asian Studies, Binghamton, October 26-27, 2007.
  • Discussant for paper by Frank Dikotter, “Cosmopolitan China: Political Openness Before Mao,” 3rd Meeting of the International Association for Chinese History (中國史學會), Cheng-chi University, Taipei, September 4, 2007.
  • Panelist, conference concluding panel, “STS in East Asian societies,” 2nd East Asian Science, Technology and Society Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, August 7, 2007.
  • “Natural History Illustration as a Site of Cultural Encounter: the Collaboration of British Naturalists and Chinese Artists.” Presented at the 22th International Congress of History of Science, Beijing, China, July 24, 2005.
  • “Natural History and Sino-Western Scientific Exchange in the 19th Century.” Presented at History of Science Society, Austin, Texas, November 18-21, 2004. I co-organized the session, the formation of scientific knowledge and practice in cultural encounters session.
  • “Nationalisms in East Asia.” Presented at the New York Conference on Asian Studies, Bard College, October 29-30, 2004
  • “How Did Fossils Become National: Science and Nationalism in Republican China.“ Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, San Diego, March 4-7, 2004.
  • “Science and Informal Empire: Victorian Naturalists in China.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Milwaukee, November 7-10, 2002.
  • “Nature, Migration, and Social Darwinism in Republican China.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Washington D.C., April 6, 2002.
  • “Science in a Chinese Entrepôt: British Naturalists and Their Chinese Associates in Old Canton.” Invited presentation at the Science and the City Workshop, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, December 1, 2000. (I was not able to attend the workshop in person, but my paper was pre-circulated and discussed at the workshop.)
  • “Nation and the Study of bowu in Early Twentieth-Century China.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Vancouver, November 5, 2000. (In a session I organized on “Science in National and Transnational Contexts.”)
  • “What is a mo?: Sinology and Natural History in the 19th Century.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Kansas City, Missouri, October 24, 1998. (In a session I organized on “Scientific Encounters between East Asia and ‘the West’)
  • “Every Family Its Own Historian: History, Memory, and Family in Writing the History of Taiwanese.” Presented at the Annual Conference on the History and Culture of Taiwan, Columbia University, August 23, 1998. (I was also a discussant at a roundtable panel on science studies in Taiwan.)
  • "Maritime China as Cultural Borderlands: a New Look at Old Canton." Presented at the Center for Chinese Studies Annual Symposium, University of California, Berkeley, March 13, 1998.
  • "Art, Commerce, and Natural History: the Practice of British Naturalists in the China Trade." Presented at the 1997 Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, San Diego, California, November 8, 1997.
  • "European Naturalists and their Chinese Associates." Presented at the 10th International Conference of the Society for the History of Natural History, Oxford University, Britain, April 12, 1996.
  • "'Botany' in Imperial China, or Why We Need a Contextual History of Chinese Science." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 28, 1995.
  • "British Naturalists at Chinese Treaty Ports." Presented at the 14th Annual Graduate Student Conference in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Indiana University, Bloomington, April 2, 1995.
  • "British Naturalists in South China, 1780s-1880s." Presented at the Annual Midwest Junto Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 25, 1995.

Public Talks and TV Interviews:

  • "The Debate over Evolution vs. Intelligent Design." Presented at the Forum on Academic Freedom, Binghamton University, October 26, 2005.
  • "Ballots, Bullets, and Bullhorns: Taiwan's Presidential Election, 2004." Presented at the Binghamton University Chapter, the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, April 21, 2004.
  • "East Asia's Environmental Movements." Invited lecture at the Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club, June 19, 2001.
  • Appeared on WBNG.TV (CBS) Evening News discussing US-China relations, April 11, 2001.

Teaching Experience:

at State University of New York at Binghamton

Undergraduate Courses:

Lecture Courses:

  • China in the Twentieth Century
  • Science and Technology in the Modern World
  • World Environmental History
  • History of Imperialism

Seminars:

  • Animals and Society
  • Landscape and the Historical Imagination
  • China: from the Communist Revolution to the Present
  • Nationalisms in East Asia

Graduate Courses (all seminars):

  • Natural Disasters and Society
  • Science, Technology, and the National Imagination
  • Nature and Empire
  • Culture and Imperialism
  • Historiography

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