I am a historian of 19th and 20th century China, with a particular interest in the development of the modern Chinese economy, the history of finance and electricity in China, and modern China’s connections to the world. My research spans economic and business history, the history of technology and the global history of capitalism.
Currently, I am a JSPS International Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo. At the University of Tokyo, I am also part of the Global History Collaborative, an international network of historians from the University of Tokyo, Princeton University, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Humboldt University Berlin and FU Berlin. I am also a member of the new research project “Tianjin: From the Imperial to the International” led by the Universities of Sydney and Basel.
My current research project deals with the rise of international banking and finance in modern China, China’s financial internationalisation, and its financial integration into the first global economy during the 19th and 20th centuries. A particular focus of my postdoctoral research project are intra-Asian financial connections between China and Japan and the comparative study of the role of foreign banks in the modern Chinese and Japanese economies.
I was trained at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, where I received a BA in Chinese Studies in 2012 and a PhD in Modern Chinese History in 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Hans van de Ven. During my graduate studies, I was a visiting scholar at the Department of History, East China Normal University, Shanghai and at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taipei.
For my PhD, I was examined by Prof. Debin Ma of the London School of Economics and Political Science and Prof. Micah Muscolino of the University of California, San Diego. My doctoral dissertation won the Coleman Prize of the Association of Business Historians and the Herman E. Krooss Prize of the Business History Conference. It was also nominated as a finalist for the Dissertation Prize (Category: The Long 19th Century) of the World Economic History Congress 2018.