Yubin Shen

Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellows are early career scholars who are ordinarily no more than five years past the granting of the doctorate and who are financed in part or in whole by the MPIWG. These scholars carry minor responsibilities (no more than 10% of their time) within their research unit.
Department III
1. September 2017 to 31. August 2019

Yubin Shen is a historian of modern global and transnational science, technology, medicine, and the environment (STME), with particular interests in exploring circulations and interactions of peoples, scientific knowledge, technological innovations, medicines, animals, plants and microbes in modern Chinese, Asian, and global contexts.

Yubin received his PhD in History from Georgetown University in 2017, with a dissertation Global Networks of Malaria: Tropical Medicine in Modern China, 1900-1950. At Georgetown, he designed and taught an upper level undergraduate seminar Eat Prey Love: Human/Animal Relations in World History in 2015. He was a Jing Brand Research Fellow at the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, in 2016-2017.

As a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Yubin is currently working on a new project, dealing with the history of applied entomology and pest-control and the coming of the Anthropocene in modern China. His future research projects include a global history of bio-prospecting and medicinal plants in modern China and a global environmental history of modern Manchuria.


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