My primary interests are the history of science, US foreign policy and twentieth century global history. My MA thesis contextualized the Tiangong Kaiwu – a well-known Ming Dynasty encyclopedia of science and technology. My PhD studies emphasized the history of science and I conducted archival research at the Human Genome Project, the National Institutes of Health and the National Archives (among others), eventually publishing on the regulation of genetics and biomedicine. After graduation, I worked for the University of Maryland and the Department of Defense in Japan and S. Korea before being hired by the University of Colorado in 2004; since then, I’ve taught over twenty different classes in the CU system.
My current teaching and research focus remains international. I’ve directed the International Studies program since 2010, led the International Perspectives core assessment team for the past two years and taught at the International College in Beijing. I tend to teach classes on US foreign policy or twentieth century histories, such as Globalization since 1945 or the Modern Middle East. My most recent publication was a small article for the Shanghai-based China Economic Review on contemporary Chinese science diplomacy; for far too long, I’ve been working on the postwar history of science and American foreign policy and hope to publish a text (tentatively titled Not Above the Fray: Science and American Foreign Relations since 1945) within a few years.