Taylor M. Easum

Taylor M. Easum

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: CCC 459
Phone: (715) 346-2795
Fax: (715) 346-4489
Email: teasum@uwsp.edu


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests

Southeast Asia, Modern Thailand, Urban History, Comparative Colonialism and Global Empire.


HIST 101 - World History to 1500
HIST 220 - Southeast Asia
HIST 315 - Colonialism and Empire
HIST 315 - The Vietnam Wars
HIST 315 - Mapping History: Urban Spaces and Global History
HIST 323 - Asian Cities (Study abroad course offered in Hangzhou, China)
HIST 396 - Laboratory of Empire: Colonial Southeast Asia (Study abroad course offered in Chiang Mai, Thailand)
FYS 102 - Give Peace a Chance: Student Protest and Global War


Urban Transformation in the Colonial Margins: Chiang Mai from Lanna to Siam

Select Publications

  • “Urban networks beyond the nation: Urban histories of northern Thailand and beyond,” chapter in Rita Padawangi (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Urbanism, (forthcoming).
  • "Sculpting and Casting Memory and History in a Northern Thai City," Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, Issue 20, September 2016 (http://kyotoreview.org/issue-20/casting-memory-northern-thai-city/)
  • “Imagining the ‘Laos Mission’? On the usage of ‘Lao’ in Northern Siam and Beyond,” Journal of Lao Studies, Special Issue 1, March 2015 (http://www.laostudies.org/sites/default/files/public/5%20Easum.pdf​).
  • “A Thorn in Bangkok's Side: Khruba Sriwichai and the Sacred Space of the Chiang Mai State,” South East Asia Research, June 2013 (http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ip/sear/2013/00000021/00000002/art00002​).
  • Co-editor, with M.R. Rujaya Abhakorn. Proceedings of the International Meeting on Microform Preservation and Conservation Practices in Southeast Asia: Assessing Current Needs and Evaluating Past Projects. Chiang Mai, Thailand, Chiang Mai University, February 2000.
Works in Progress
  • Book Manuscript: A City in the Colonial Margins: Chiang Mai between Empire and Nation 

Recent Presentati​ons and Organized Panels

  • “The Future of the Urban Past: History and Heritage in the Heart of Chiang Mai,” Council on Thai Studies Annual Meeting (COTS), UCLA, November 2017.
  • “A City and its People in the Colonial Margins: Chiang Mai between Empire and Nation,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA), September 2017.
  • “Chiang Mai between Empire and Nation,” International Conference on Thai Studies (ICTS), July 2017.
  • “Alternative Geographies and Historical Imagination: Urban Networks in Mainland Southeast Asia,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA), October 2016.
  • “Sculpting Memory in a Northern Thai City” Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) Conference, June 2016.
  • “Four Kings and a Monk: Sculpting and Casting Political History in Chiang Mai” Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, March 2016.
  • “Pulled in all directions: Chiang Mai and Competing Urban Networks in Mainland Southeast Asia,” Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, April 2015.
  • ​“When is a Palace not a Palace? Royal Property and Prerogative during the Decline of Two Monarchies,” Council on Thai Studies Annual Meeting, UW-Madison, October 2014.
  • “Secondary Cities in South and Southeast Asia: Beyond Nation and Empire” (Organizer), Urban History Association Biennial Conference, October 2014.
  • “Old Power in the ‘New City’: Urban Lanna in the early 20th century,” invited lecture for the Informal Northern Thai Group, Chiang Mai, Thailand, June 2014.
  • “The ‘Losers’ of Southeast Asia – Histories, Societies, and States outside the Center” (Organizer), Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, April 2014.
  • “Intersections of power, identity, and urban space” (Organizer and Chair), Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, April 2013.
  • “Beyond the Asian Metropolis: Histories of Modernity, Colonialism, and the State from Outside the Center” (Organizer and Chair), Urban History Association Biennial Conference, October 2012. 
  • “Old Power and the New City: Chiang Mai as a ‘Micro-Colonial’ Space,” public lecture presented at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies Friday Forum, UW-Madison, September 2010.
  • “Culture and Conflict in Thailand,” invited lecture in honor of Thai Heritage Month, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, April 2010.
  • “Thai state formation at the margins: Views from north, south, and east” (Co-organizer and Chair), The biennial Conference of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, University of British-Columbia, October 2009.

Media Appearances

  • Interview on February 2014 Thai elections, Arise Review, January 26, 2014.
  • Interview on May 20th, 2014 imposition of Martial Law in Thailand, Arise America, May 20, 2014.​

      Honors and Awards

      • ​Faculty Fellow, New Yor​k University Graduate School of Arts and Science (2012-2014)
      • Mellon Wisconsin Summer Dissertation Fellowship, UW-Madison (2012)
      • Doris Quinn Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2010-2011)
      • ​Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship (2008)
      Professional Affi​liations​
      • ​American Historical Association (AHA)
      • Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
      • Urban History Association (UHA)
      • Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA)
      • Global Urban History Project (GUHP)
      • Center for Lao Studies (CLS)