Hansun Hsiung trained at Yale, the University of Tokyo, and Harvard (PhD, 2016). He is a global intellectual historian whose work stands at the intersection of book history, media archeology, and the history of science. His works thus far have focused particularly on the networks and technologies that moved knowledge between Western Europe, the US, Japan, and China from roughly 1750–1900—a story that thrusts missionaries, opium smugglers, and pirate publishers alongside samurai-scholars.
Hansun is currently transforming this dissertation—"Republic of Letters, Empire of Textbooks: Globalizing Western Knowledge, 1790-1895"—into a book manuscript. Alongside, he is also engaged in a collaborative project that aims to trace the pre-photographic reproduction of scientific images across cultures and the role of non-verbal representation in fostering a consciousness of "global science." In the past his research has received the generous support of Fulbright Program and the Mellon Foundation.
Hsiung, H. (2017). The 'Circle of knowledge': radical commensurability and the deaf textbook. In E. Boehmer, R. Kunstmann, P. Mukhopadhyay, & A. Rogers (
Hsiung, H. (2012). Woman, man, abacus: a tale of Enlightenment. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 72(1), 1-42.Read more