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Tom Mullaney

Tom Mullaney

Professor of Chinese History
Director of Graduate Studies, Modern Thought and Literature
East Asia
History of Science
Transnational, International, and Global History
PhD, Columbia University, 2006
M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2000
B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1999

Thomas S. Mullaney is Professor of Chinese History at Stanford University, a Guggenheim Fellow, and Curator of the international exhibition, Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age.

He is the author and editor of 7 books and special issues: 


His writings have appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, Technology & Culture, Aeon, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy, and his work has been featured in the LA Times, The Atlantic, the BBC, and in invited lectures at Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and more. He holds a PhD from Columbia University.

His most recent book, The Chinese Typewriter, winner of the 2019 John K. Fairbank Prize, examines China’s development of a modern, nonalphabetic information infrastructure encompassing telegraphy, typewriting, word processing, and computing. This project has received three major awards and fellowships, including the 2013 Usher Prize, a three-year National Science Foundation fellowship, and a Hellman Faculty Fellowship.

He directs Digital Humanities Asia (DHAsia), a program at Stanford University focused on East, South, Southeast, and Inner/Central Asia. DHAsia was recently the recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar fellowship.

He was also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dissertation Reviews, which published more than 500 reviews annually of recently defended dissertations in nearly 30 different fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Selected Publications & Projects

Tom Mullaney
Chinese writing is character based, the one major world script that is neither alphabetic nor syllabic. Through the years, the Chinese written...
Tom Mullaney
James Leibold, Stephane Gros, Eric Vanden Bussche
Constituting over ninety percent of China's population, Han is not only the largest ethnonational group in that country but also one of the largest...
Tom Mullaney
Founded in 2010, Dissertation Reviews features overviews of recently defended, unpublished doctoral dissertations in a wide variety of disciplines...