Escape from TopicLand: Where Research Begins (Digital Replay)

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Tom Mullaney is Professor of Chinese History at Stanford University, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He is the co-author of Where Research Begins (University of Chicago Press, 2022, with Christopher Rea), The Chinese Typewriter: A History (MIT Press 2017), and Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China (UC Press, 2010), among other works. His writings have appeared in Fast Company, MIT Technology Review, Quartz, the South China Morning Post, TechCrunch, the Journal of Asian Studies, Technology & Culture, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy. His work has been featured in RadioLab, The Atlantic, the BBC, and in invited lectures at Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and more. He earned his BA and MA from the Johns Hopkins University, and his PhD from Columbia University.

Chris Rea is Professor of Asian Studies and former Director of the Centre for Chinese Research at the University of British Columbia. A native of Berkeley, California, he earned a BA from Dartmouth College and a PhD from Columbia University, and has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University and at universities in Taiwan and Australia. His books include Where Research Begins (University of Chicago Press, 2022, with Tom Mullaney), Chinese Film Classics, 1922-1949 (2021), The Book of Swindles: Selections from a Late Ming Collection (2017, with Bruce Rusk), and The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China (2015).

Daniel L. Schwartz is the I. James Quillen Dean and Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Educational Technology at Stanford Graduate School of Education. He leads Stanford’s Transforming Learning Accelerator, a major interdisciplinary initiative advancing the science and design of learning to bring effective and equitable solutions to the world. An expert in human learning and educational technology, Schwartz also oversees a laboratory that creates pedagogy, technology, and assessments that prepare students to continue learning and adapting throughout their lifetimes. He has taught math in rural Kenya, English in south-central Los Angeles and multiple subjects in Kaltag, Alaska. As co-host of the Stanford podcast and SiriusXM radio show School’s In, Schwartz discusses current topics in teaching and learning with an aim of helping educators and parents understand and use the latest research. He is author of The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, and When to Use Them.

Emily Shah is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She previously worked as a consultant for media companies and the federal government. She studied history and math at Stanford (BAS ’19), focusing on media coverage of the Tiananmen Square Protests.

Glory Liu is a political theorist and intellectual historian teaching in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard. Her first book, Adam Smith’s America: How a Scottish Philosopher became an Icon of American Capitalism will be published by Princeton University Press later this year. She received her PhD in Political Science from Stanford in 2018.

Kate Bradley is a Junior at Stanford studying International Relations and Earth Systems. She became interested in research early in her path at Stanford after spending time in Special Collections and becoming involved with the Humanities Research Intensive before the pandemic. Pivoting from interests in Chinese history to policy, she is now doing research for an honors thesis on the politics of China’s Rare Earth Metal reserves.

Kim Connor is a food historian and historical archaeologist doing a PhD at Stanford on food and dining in nineteenth-century Australian institutions of immigration. She has just returned from doing 18 months of collections and archives-based fieldwork in Sydney and is glad to be back on campus and returning to the important work of testing out historical recipes.

Rachel Midura is an assistant professor of early modern European and digital history at Virginia Tech University. She is currently at work on her first book, tentatively titled Postal Intelligence: The Tassis Family and Communications Revolution in Early Modern Europe on early modern surveillance, espionage, and the origins of Europe’s postal systems. She finished her PhD in early modern European history in 2020 at Stanford, where she was also a senior graduate research fellow at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis.

Rishi Bedi is the co-founder of Y-Trap, a biotechnology company developing novel therapies for immuno-oncology. Previously he led the machine learning team at Herophilus, a neuroscience drug discovery startup. He studied computer science and history at Stanford (BS ‘17 MS ‘18).

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