University of Wisconsin–Madison

Galen Poor

TA: HistSct 202, Professor Jackson

Advisors: Shelly Chan and Florence Hsia

Office: 4271 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4096 Mosse Humanities
Phone: 608.890.3306
Office Hours: TBA

Galen Poor


My research interests include modern Chinese history, the history of science and technology in modern China, early sinology and the history of technology.

My dissertation focuses on the concept of China’s “four great inventions” (paper, printing, gunpowder and the compass). Declared “great” by Renaissance Europeans, I am researching how this Western-born notion was reclaimed by China in the twentieth century.


M.A., Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Victoria
B.A., History, University of Wisconsin, Madison


  • Chinese History, History of Science and Technology

MA Title

  • “Re-imagining the Past at the Beijing Olympics”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Reinventing the Four Great Inventions in Modern China”


  • Confucius Institute Scholarship
  • Taiwan US Alliance Summer Scholarship
  • Fulbright US Student Grant

Course Taught as TA

  • History of Science 201: Origins of Western Science
  • History of Science 222 – Technology and Social Change in History
  • History 276 – Chinese Migration since 1500