• Undergraduate

Mark Frank

Faculty member in History

Email: mark.frank@fulbright.edu.vn 

Fields of Interest: Human relations with the environment, the history of science and technology, nationalism, and ethnic relations in modern China and surrounding regions.  


  • PhD: 2020, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA 
  • PostDoc: 2020-2021, Yale University, USA 


Mark E. Frank comes to Fulbright from Yale University, where he was the CEAS Postdoctoral Associate in the Environmental Humanities and an affiliate fellow of the Agrarian Studies Program. At Fulbright, he offers courses on East Asian history as well as environmental history and the global humanities. Mark fell in love with the rich history of China during an undergrad study abroad semester and has since lived in Beijing, Qingdao, Chengdu, and other parts of China for a cumulative five years.   His most rewarding experiences as a college student at the University of North Carolina involved close collaboration with faculty on topics of mutual interest, and he hopes to “pay it forward” with his own students. 


  • Modern East Asia  
  • Basic Classical Chinese  
  • Economy and Ecology in Chinese History 
  • Global Humanities and Social Change  

Select Publications:  

Mark E. Frank. “Planting and Its Discontents: Or How Nomads Produced Spaces of Resistance in China’s Erstwhile Xikang Province.” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities 3 (2016): 112. https://doi.org/10.5250/resilience.3.2016.0112. 

“Hacking the Yak: The Chinese Effort to Improve a Tibetan Animal in the Early Twentieth Century.” East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine, no. 48 (December 22, 2018): 17–48. https://www.jstor.org/stable/26659723  

“Wheat Dreams: Scientific Interventions at Chinese Model Farms in Kham, 1937-1949.” In Frontier Tibet, edited by Stéphane Gros, 217–54. Patterns of Change in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands. Amsterdam University Press, 2019. https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctvt1sgw7.12?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents