Victor Seow

Victor Seow is a historian of modern China with research interests in issues of energy, science and technology, the environment, business and labor, and state power. His dissertation, "Coal Capital: Manchurian Energy Regimes and the Industrial Modern, 1907-1957," examines the history of the fossil fuel industry in northeast China and its rise under Japanese management and expertise in the first half of the twentieth century. Through this, the project explores the techniques and technologies by which states and their subsidiaries sought to master the energy resources that were becoming increasingly inseparable from the wider experience of the industrial modern age. Victor received his B.A. from McGill University in 2006, is completing his Ph.D. at Harvard University, and will be joining the Department of History at Cornell University as Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese History in 2014.