School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Firstname Lastname, Ph.D.

portrait image

Assistant Professor, Department of History
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies

Office: Ballantine Hall, Rm. 835
Phone: (812) 855-6882


Ph.D., Harvard University, 2012

Research Interests

  • China and Inner Asia
  • Environmental history
  • Early modern empires
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Commodities and consumption


I am a historian of late imperial China and environmental history.  My current book manuscript, Inventing Nature in the Qing Empire, studies the nexus of empire, environment, and market that defined Qing China in 1750-1850, when unprecedented commercial expansion and a rush for natural resources transformed the ecology of China and its borderlands. That boom, no less than today’s, had profound institutional, ideological, and environmental causes and consequences.  Indeed, the boom years witnessed a reinvention of nature itself.  Early modern wilderness was not a state of nature: it reflected the nature of the state. 

My research builds from experience in the PRC, Taiwan, and Mongolia.  I work with Chinese, Manchu, and Mongolian language archives, love the study of material objects, and am drawn to the global dimensions of China’s environmental history.  

“Rulers and Rascals: The Politics of Gold in Qing Mongolian History.” Central Asian Survey 29.3 (2010): 289-304. Co-authored with Mette High.

Courses Recently Taught

  • China: The Later Empires
  • Made in China: A History of China in the World, 1200-2000
  • Sable, Silk, and Smokes:  International Business in China during the 19th Century


Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3024
East Building, 3rd Floor
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500