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, Sacred Space, Comparative Colonialism and Global Empire.


HIST 101 - World History to 1500
HIST 315 - Colonialism and Empire
HIST 315 - The Vietnam Wars
HIST 315 - Mapping History: Urban Spaces and Global History
HIST 323 - Southeast Asia
HIST 396 - Laboratory of Empire: Colonial Southeast Asia (Study abroad course offered in 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

Works in Progress
  • Book Manuscript: A City in the Colonial Margins: Chiang Mai between Empire and Nation 

Recent Presentati​ons and Organized Panels

  • ​“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)
      • Center for Lao Studies (CLS)