Wesleyan portrait of Ying Jia  Tan

Ying Jia Tan

Assistant Professor of History

Public Affairs Center, 138

Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies


BA University of California, Berkeley
MA Stanford University
MPHIL Yale University
PHD Yale University

Ying Jia Tan

Ying Jia Tan's research focuses on the history of energy in Modern China. His book manuscript "Electrifying Wartime China: Nation Building in the Age of Energy Crises, 1882-1955" explores the politics of electrical power consumption through eight decades of war and revolution. His research is supported by the Taiwan Fellowship (summer 2017) and D. Kim Foundation (AY 2018/2019). 

Ying Jia Tan is a historian of science and technology with allied interests in environmental history and the history of cartography. He teaches traditional and modern Chinese history, as well as courses on maritime East Asia, cartography, and the Anthropocene. 

Prior to joining academia, he was the defense and public health correspondent for a Chinese language daily in Singapore.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Spring 2020:  Tu 10-11:30 & W 1:30-3:30


Fall 2020
HIST 224 - 01
Modern China

HIST 382 - 01

Spring 2021
HIST 225 - 01
Modern East Asia

HIST 386 - 01
China as Scientific Powerhouse