Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Zhou Taomo
Assistant Professor, School of Humanities
Taomo Zhou is an Assistant Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, specializing in modern Chinese and Southeast Asian history. Taomo received her B.A. from Peking University and Waseda University, M. Sc. with Distinction from the London School of Economics and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her writings have appeared in publications such as The Journal of Asian Studies, Diplomatic History, The China Quarterly, The Critical Asian Studies, the journal Indonesia, and The Made in China Journal.

Taomo’s first book, Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia and the Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2019), is selected as one of the Best Books of 2020 by Foreign Affairs and has received an Honorable Mention for the 2021 Harry J. Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. The book examines how two of the world's most populous countries interacted between 1945 and 1967, when the concept of citizenship was contested, and the boundaries of political mobilization were blurred.

Having grown up in a migrant family in Shenzhen, the first special economic zone of China, Taomo is starting a second project on the historical transformation of this modern metropolis. This project is awarded a Tier 1 Grant, Ministry of Education, Singapore.
Modern China, Modern Southeast Asia, Diplomacy History, International Relations, Cold War Geopolitics, Migration Studies, Chinese Diaspora, Economic History, Reform and Opening in China, Special Economic Zones/Free Ports/ Export-processing Zones/ Free Trade Zones
 
  • Shenzhen: China on the Move
Awards
Taomo’s first book, Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia and the Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2019), is selected as one of the Best Books of 2020 by Foreign Affairs and has received an Honorable Mention for the 2021 Harry J. Benda Prize from the Association for Asian Studies.
 
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Pre-dissertation Grants for Research in China, 2013
 
Courses Taught
HH1003 Asia-Pacific post-1800
HH3001 Historiography
HH3022 World War II and Southeast Asia
HH3027 A History of Modern Indonesia
HH3028 History of Global Capitalism
HH4007 An International History of the Cold War
HH9001 Transnational History: Theories, Methods, and Practices
 
Supervision of PhD Students
Taomo is keen to hear from prospective PhD students interested in Reform and Opening in China, Sino-Southeast Asian relations, economic history and Cold War history.