I teach a wide range of courses for undergraduates and graduate students. Depending on the needs of my students and department, my classes cover various aspects of the history of China, Central and East Asia, science and medicine, early modernity, and the global movement of ideas, texts, people, and things. The photo above is taken from the campus of the University of British Columbia, where I’m lucky enough to teach in the History Department.
During the 2014-2015 & 2015-2016 academic years I have the great good fortune to be teaching in the Arts One program at UBC as part of the teaching team for the “Hero, Anti-Hero” theme. You can find us here.
I like to archive my syllabi, for my own sake as much as anything else. Here they are so far:
- Stories: Science, Medicine, and Technology in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds (Fall 2013, UBC) History 259. An undergraduate lecture/discussion course that pays special attention to stories and storytelling, with alchemy and dissection and automata. Stories Syllabus Pt. 1 and Pt. 2
- Later Imperial China: A Sensory History (Spring 2014, UBC) History 379. A course exploring the history of China from the Tang empire through the mid-Qing dynasty, via sensation and the senses. Sensory Syllabus 2014
- Currencies of Life and Death: Disease, Health, Medicine (Spring 2014, UBC) Hist 104. An introduction to the world history of disease through circulations, with coins and horses and bacteria and zombies. (Mmmm…brrraaaaains!) Currencies Syllabus
- Organs: Bodies, Medicine, and History (Spring 2012, UBC) History 586. A trans disciplinary graduate seminar in history and/with bodies. Organs Syllabus
- Introduction to Manchu Language and Manjuristics (2013-2014 & 2011-2012 UBC) A non-credit seminar.
- War Games: Central Asia in History (Fall 2011, UBC) Hist 488A. An introduction to the history of Central Asia via a hybrid lecture and long-form role playing game format. War Games Syllabus
- History and the Graphic Novel (Fall 2011, UBC) History 490Q. An undergraduate majors seminar on text and image in the writing of history. Graphic Novel Syllabus
- Later Imperial China: A Sensory History (Spring 2011, UBC) History 379. A course exploring the history of China from the Tang empire through the mid-Qing dynasty, paying special attention to experiential sources in history. The semester is divided according to the five senses. Sensory Syllabus
- Translating China (Spring 2011, UBC) History 560 Readings in Pre-1911 Chinese History. During the Spring 2011 term we will be approaching major recent trends in the study of Qing history through the lens of translation, focusing on its history and practice in later imperial China. Translating China Syllabus
- Writing Modern China (Spring 2011, UBC) History 588 Topics in Asian History. Independent guided readings course on contemporary Chinese historical fiction.
- Pharmacopoeia: Drugs in Global History (Fall 2010, UBC) History 105 Contemporary Global Issues in Historical Perspective. An introduction to world history and historical methodology, the course traces the emergence of the modern body and of pharmaceutical modernity. Pharmacopoeia Syllabus
- Writing Bodies: Medicine and Healing in China (Fall 2010, UBC) History 487. A Writing Intensive interdisciplinary introduction to the history of Chinese medicine: its tools, roots, and literature. Writing Bodies Syllabus
- Daedalus: Re-Placing the History of Science (Fall 2009, UBC) A graduate seminar on recent work that treats the idea of “local knowledge” in the history and anthropology of science and medicine. Daedalus Syllabus
- An Anecdoted Topography of Chance: An Introduction to the History of Science (Spring 2009, Montana State University) An introduction to themes and methods in the history of science for SETS majors. Chance Syllabus
- Tectonics: Shaping the History of Science (Spring 2009, MSU) An experimental graduate seminar that brings together history of science with architectural theory. Tectonics Syllabus
- Creatures: Art and Biology from Early Modernity to Now [Web-based Seminar] (Spring 2008, MSU) An experimental upper-level history seminar for majors. Web-based with optional in-person sessions for on-campus students. Creatures Syllabus
- Poison: Science, Technology, and Medicine in Global History (Spring 2008, MSU) An introductory lecture course in contemporary global issues in science and medicine. Poison Syllabus
- Modern East Asia: Bodies of Evidence (Fall 2007, MSU) An introductory lecture course in modern East Asian history. Bodies Syllabus
- Unnatural History: Fact and Evidence in Cryptobiology (Fall 2007, MSU; Spring 2007 Rutgers) A seminar course in the epistemology of science. Unnatural History Syllabus
- Cabinets of Curiosity: Exotica in the Early Modern World (Fall 2006, Rutgers) An introductory lecture course in world history. Cabinets Syllabus