Galen Poor

Advisors: Shelly Chan and Florence Hsia

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 and popularized in modern China.


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


  • East Asian History
  • History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

MA Title

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

Working Dissertation Title

  • “The Four Great Inventions: A Global History of Modern China”


  • Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities
  • 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 202 – The Making of Modern Science
  • History of Science 222 – Technology and Social Change in History
  • History 276 – Chinese Migration since 1500