Wesleyan portrait of Ying Jia  Tan

Ying Jia Tan

Associate Professor of History

110 Mt. Vernon Street, 202

Associate Professor, East Asian Studies

110 Mt. Vernon Street,

Associate Professor, Science in Society


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 Recharging China in War and Revolution, 1882-1955 (Cornell University Press, 2021) explores the politics of Chinese power consumption as electrical industries developed during seven decades of revolution and warfare. Thanks to generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through The Sustainable History Monograph Pilot, the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open (cornellopen.org) and other repositories.

He received the Taiwan Fellowship (summer 2017) and D. Kim Foundation (AY 2018/2019). He is currently working on a second book project on the plastic industry in Chinese East Asia in the twentieth century.

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. 

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Spring 2024
HIST 223 - 01
China Eco-Civilization