Department of History

Shih-Yu Juan

Ph.D. Student
Research Interests Modern China, Knowledge Production, Material Culture, Science and Technology, Book History
Office Hours Tuesdays, 8:50-10:50PM


Shih-Yu Juan (pronounced “ruan”) is broadly interested in the intersection between scientific knowledge production and material culture during the nineteenth and twentieth century. In particular, she would like to explore the exchange of scientific apparatuses in modern China within a global context through the lens of chemical and geological equipment. She hopes to shed light on the understanding of the role of apparatuses when a society constructs a scientific culture. She holds a master’s degree in History and a double-majored bachelor’s degree in Geosciences and History from National Taiwan University, Taiwan. Her master’s thesis is on how James Dana’s Manual of Mineralogy was translated in late nineteenth-century China. In this case, she examined the text transformations in translation and their influence on mining in Chinese society.