Field: Chinese History
Advisor: Eugenia Lean
John’s dissertation focuses on the construction of bomb shelters in Chongqing during the Second World War. His research encompasses the practice of emergency government in East Asia, the politics of large-scale technical systems, the way war expanded the Chinese state’s technological capacity, and Chinese contributions to global models of civil defense. Before coming to Columbia, John received a BA in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago and a MA in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University.