Biography

My work focuses on Mao Zedong-era relations between the Chinese Communist Party and anti-imperialist groups in mainland Southeast Asia, specifically Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Building on Chinese and Thai-language archival work in Beijing, Shanghai, and Bangkok, I look at both state-to-state and party-to-party diplomatic and aid relations to understand two arcs of Mao-era international relations: 1) the construction of an international network of anti-imperialist groups by the CCP beginning with the Bandung Conference in 1955 and ending with the failure to hold a ‘Bandung II’ in Algeria in 1965, and 2) the slow abandonment of this network as China became integrated with a world order bent more toward the interests of the United States than international socialism.

Education

M.A. Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2014
M.A. Sociology, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, 2012
B.A. Sociology, Kennesaw State University, 2007

Field

  • East Asian History

MA Title

  • “Rethinking Capital in Development Studies: Bhumibol and Ubol Ratana Dams, The Birth of Hydropower in Thailand”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “A World Safe for Revolution: China and Anti-Imperialism in Southeast Asia”

Selected Publication

  • “Semi-colonialism in China.” In The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism, 2nd ed., edited by Immanuel Ness and Zak Cope. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-91206-6_112-1
  • Review. “Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry During the Cold War by Greg A. Brazinsky.” Journal of East Asian Studies 19, no. 1 (2019): 132-134.
  • Review. “The Magic of Concepts: History and the Economic in Twentieth-Century China by Rebecca Karl.” The Journal of Labor and Society 21, no. 2 (2018): 275-280.
  • “Doing a Dam Better? Understanding the World Bank’s Eco-Governmentality in Lao Hydropower Development.” The Journal of Lao Studies Special Issues 2015: 161-180.

Awards

  • NSEP Boren Fellowship (China), 2017
  • Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (nine months), 2016
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison Honored Instructor Award for Teaching in Sociology, 2016
  • Critical Language Scholarship (Chinese), 2015
  • Center for Southeast Asian Studies Summer Research Grant (Thailand), 2015
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Summer Fellowship (Lao), 2014
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Academic Year Fellowship (Thai), 2013
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Summer Fellowship (Thai), 2011
  • Cole-Franklin Scholarship, 2011
  • Graduate Award for Excellence in Teaching Sociology, 2011

Courses Taught as TA

  • Sociology 134 – Sociology of Race in America – Fall 2015 & Spring 2016
  • History 244 – Introduction to Southeast Asia – Fall 2014
  • Geography 360 – Quantitative Methods in Geographical Analysis Spring 2013 & Spring 2014

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History 345 – China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties (Northern Illinois University) – Fall 2019 (online)
  • History 445 – The Chinese Revolution (Northern Illinois University) – Spring 2019 (online)
  • Sociology 3304 – Sociology of Organizations (Kennesaw State University) – Fall 2018 (online) & Spring 2019
  • Sociology 3314 – Sociology of Race & Ethnicity (Kennesaw State University) – Spring 2019
  • Sociology 120 – General Sociology (University of Tennessee – Knoxville) – Fall 2010, Fall 2011, & Spring 2012
  • Sociology – Introduction to Sociology (Madison Area Technical College) – Fall 2015
  • Sociology – Contemporary American Society (Madison Area Technical College) – Summer 2014
  • Sociology – Social Problems (Madison Area Technical College) – Spring 2014