Academic Profile

Florence Mok is a Nanyang Assistant Professor of the History Department at Nanyang Technological University. She is a historian of colonial Hong Kong and modern China, with an interest in environmental history, the Cold War and state-society relations. She received her BA and MA in History from Durham University. She completed her PhD in History at the University of York in 2019. Her doctoral research examined governance and political culture in the 1970s Hong Kong. Her postdoctoral project explored Chinese Communist cultural activities in colonial Hong Kong during the Cold War. She is currently studying the history of natural disasters and crisis management. The study explores how the colonial government and the Chinese society in Hong Kong mitigated environmental crises (water shortage, flooding, typhoon and seasonal epidemics) from 1945 to 1980. This innovative study will shed light on the current global pandemics by tracing past practices used to alleviate emergencies in a densely populated and newly-urbanised environment which had an under-developed welfare system, supported by a narrow tax base.

Florence has been a Visiting Fellow/Scholar at the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Lund University. She is one of the founders of the Hong Kong Research Hub (HKRH) at NTU and an Executive Board member of the Society for Hong Kong Studies (SHKS). She has published peer-reviewed articles in well-respected interdisciplinary and historical journals; the China Information article won the Eduard B. Vermeer Best Article Prize in 2019 and ICAS Best Article Prize on Global Hong Kong Studies in 2021. She is currently working with Manchester University Press to turn her thesis into a monograph named Governance, Surveillance and Political Culture in British Hong Kong, c. 1966-97: Covert Colonialism. She has reviewed manuscripts for a number of journals and presses, including Archives and Records, Asian Culture, Asian Ethnicity, The American Historical Review,Twentieth-century Communism and the Hong Kong University Press.
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Asst Prof Florence Mok
Nanyang Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Modern Chinese History, Hong Kong History, British Colonialism, Sino-British Relations, State-Society Relations, Political Culture, Cold War History, Chinese Communist Cultural Activities, Environmental Crises and Sustainbililty, Water Supply and Shortages.
  • Mitigating Environmental Crises and Epidemics in British Hong Kong, c.1945-1980
  • Mok, Florence, Governance, Surveillance and Political Culture in British Hong Kong, c. 1966-97: Covert Colonialism, Manchester University Press (Under contract, forthcoming)

  • Mok, Florence, ‘Town Talk: Enhancing the “Eyes and Ears” of the Colonial State in British Hong Kong, 1950s-1975’, Historical Research, (Accepted, forthcoming).

  • Hampton, Mark and Mok, Florence, ‘Remembering British Rule: The Uses of Colonial Memory in Hong Kong Movements’, in Matthew Roberts (ed.), Memory and Modern British Politics: Commemoration, Tradition and Legacy, 1789 to the Present (Forthcoming).

  • Mok, Florence, ‘Disseminating and Containing Communist Propaganda to Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia through Hong Kong, the Cold War Pivot, 1949-1960’, The Historical Journal (Dec, 2021), published ahead of print.

  • Mok, Florence, ‘(Book Review) Made in Hong Kong: Transpacific Networks and a New History of Globalization by Peter E. Hamilton’, The China Quarterly, 248:1 (Dec, 2021), pp. 1238-1239.

  • Mok, Florence, ‘Chinese Illicit Immigration into Colonial Hong Kong, c. 1970-1980’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 49:2 (Apr, 2021), pp. 339-367.

  • Mok, Florence, (Book Review) ‘Underground Front: The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong (Second Edition) by Christine Loh’ , Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, 59 (Oct, 2019), pp. 247-249.

  • Mok, Florence ‘Hong Kong Protests: How Did We Get Here?’,The Diplomat (21 Jun, 2019)

  • Mok, Florence, ‘Public Opinion Polls and Covert Colonialism in British Hong Kong’, China Information, 33:1 (Mar, 2019), pp. 66-87.