Academic Profile

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.

Taomo's 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 Harry J. Benda Prize from the Association of 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. Taomo is keen to hear from students interested in pursuing PhD research on topics related to the Cold War, Chinese diaspora, and economic history.
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Asst Prof Zhou Taomo
Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Modern Southeast Asian History, Modern Chinese History, Economic History, Migration, International Communist Movement, Cold War, International Relations.
  • Literary Representations of the Cold War: A Comparative Study of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia

  • Shenzhen: China on the Move
  • Zhou, Taomo. (2019). Sukarno's Nuclear Ambitions and China: Documents from the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archives. Indonesia, (108), 89-120.

  • Zhou, Taomo. (2019). Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia and the Cold War. Cornell University Press.

  • Zhou, Taomo. (2019). Revolusi, Diplomasi, Diaspora: Indonesia, Tiongkok, dan Etnik Tionghoa, 1945-1967. Kompas.

  • Hong Liu and Zhou, Taomo. (2019). Bandung Humanism and A New Understanding of the Global South: An Introduction. Critical Asian Studies, 51:2, 141-143.

  • Zhou, Taomo. (2019). Global reporting from the Third World: the Afro-Asian Journalists’ Association, 1963–1974. Critical Asian Studies, 51: 2, 166-197.

  • “Leveraging Liminality: The Border Town of Bao’an and the Origins of China’s Reform and Opening,” Journal of Asian Studies (published online March 19, 2021),

  • Taomo Zhou and Joseph Scalice, “Reinvented Revolutionaries: Indonesian and Filipino Communist Exiles in China,” Diplomatic History, forthcoming.

  • “From the Third Front to the Second Line: The Construction Soldiers of Shenzhen,” Made in China Journal 5: 3 (Feb 2021): 108-113.