Shellen Wu, an associate professor in the Department of History, received a one-year residential fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies, School of Historical Studies in Princeton, New Jersey.
Wu’s research focuses on imperialism, global ascendance of science, and how the changes in the uses of natural resources impacted the modern Chinese state and its society. Her project for the fellowship involves examining how both science and social sciences became conductors for ideas about exploring new frontiers and building empires.
“By the end of the nineteenth century, social sciences disciplines like geography and agronomy connected Europe, the Americas, and Asia through an international network of academic and professional organizations,” Wu said. “In China, global examples of frontier settlements refracted through its unique history to form a new territoriality that informed the process of modern Chinese state formation.”
The School of Historical Studies at Princeton University was established in 1949. It supports study in all fields of historical research, promoting interdisciplinary research and cross-fertilization of ideas to encourage the creation of new historical endeavors.