Mark 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. He completed his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has taught at UIUC, Wesley College, and Yale. At Fulbright University Vietnam he will offer courses on Chinese and East Asian history as well as environmental history and the global humanities. He is an enthusiastic proponent of undergraduate research and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Dr. Frank is broadly interested in human relations with the environment, the history of science and technology, nationalism, and ethnic relations in modern China and surrounding regions. His articles have appeared in East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine, The British Journal for the History of Science, and Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. He is currently developing a book entitled The Rooted State, which chronicles the relationship between agrarianism and state-building along China’s ethnically diverse frontiers from the fall of the Qing empire to the rise of the People’s Republic. His research in mainland China and Taiwan has been supported by a Fulbright Research Fellowship and a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), among other grants.
In his free time, he enjoys swimming, piano, and board games.