Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Michael Stanley-Baker
Assistant Professor, School of Humanities
Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Michael Stanley-Baker is an historian of Chinese Medicine and Religion, with a focus first in the early Imperial period, and in the Sinophone diaspora today. His research concerns the divers intersections of different forms of cultural knowledge with Chinese medicine, whether with religion, botany, trade or modern biology and policy. He uses close reading, participant interview, and digital humanities. His editorial projects include the Routledge Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Situating Religion and Medicine in Asia, by Manchester University Press. He has also edited special issues of Asian Medicine, East Asian Science Technology and Medicine, and the Pacific Neigbhourhood Consortium conference.

He has also produced numerous Digital Humanities projects, including digital maps of early Chinese pharmacopoeic texts, full-text archives of Buddhist, Daoist and Medical texts, as well as smaller Peranakan and Malay text archives. He also produced the Polyglot Medicine Knowledge Graph which interlinks traditional drug ethnonyms in Malay and Chinese with botanical terms, as well as to online TCM, biodiversity and bioactivity databases.

He received his PhD at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London, an MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Indiana University, Bloomington, and also has a clinical degree in Chinese medicine. He has held research positions at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin; Academia Sinica, Taipei; the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge; the Forschungs Kolleg for Multiple Secularities at Leipzig University and the Asian Studies Centre at the University of Pittsburgh.

His research has been funded by the Singapore National Heritage Board, Singapore Ministry of Education, the Taiwan Ministry of Education, Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the Henry Luce/ACLS Foundation, the Chiang-ching Kuo Foundation, the Berlin Centre for the History of Knowledge, and the Wellcome Trust among others. He has received awards for his research from the International Society for the History of East Asian Science Technology and Medicine (ISHEASTM), and the John Cheung prize for teaching. He serves as Vice-President of the International Association for the Study of Asian Medicine (IASTAM)

History of Chinese Medicine
Digital Humanities
Chinese Religions
Medical Anthropology
Asian Medicines
  • Linking History, Botany, Traditional medicines and Biomedicine
  • Situating Medicine and Religion in China and Its Diaspora
John Cheung Endowment Award
Zhu Kezhen Junior Award (International Society for the History of East Asian Science Technology and Medicine)
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation PhD Fellowship
Wellcome Trust PhD Fellowship
Taiwan Ministry of Education Scholarship
Ruseto College of Chinese Medicine Scholarship
AAR Daoist Studies committee member
Courses Taught
HH1004 Science and Technology in Historical Perspective
HH2015 Biopolitics in East Asia
HH2031 History of Food in China
HH3002 Science and Technology in East Asia
HH3040 Histories of Chinese Medicine
HH3044 Heritage Medicine in Singapore: Chinese and Malay Traditions
MEDHUM 1 & 2 Medical Humanities (LKC School of Medicine)
Graduate Readings in History of Chinese Medicine
Supervision of PhD Students
Joachim Prackwieser