Thomas S. Mullaney is Associate Professor of Chinese History and History of Technology at Stanford University. He is the author of Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China (University of California Press, 2010; Foreword by Benedict Anderson), principal editor of Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation and Identity of China’s Majority (University of California Press, 2012), and most recently the two-volume work, The Chinese Typewriter: A Global History of the Information Age, Part I (MIT Press, Forthcoming 2017) and The Chinese Computer: A Global History of the Information Age, Part II (MIT Press, Forthcoming 2022). This work charts out China’s development of a modern, nonalphabetic information infrastructure in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and is the recipient of both the 2013 Usher Prize and a three-year National Science Foundation fellowship.
At present, he is working on three new projects: a monograph on the global history of non-Latin typography and type design in the 19th through 21st centuries (see “Hot Metal Empire” below), a monograph sequel to his history of China’s ethnic classification project, and a born-digital volume on grave relocation in modern and contemporary China (currently under review at Stanford University Press).
He is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dissertation Reviews, which publishes 500 reviews annually of recently defended dissertations in 30 different fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences.