Taylor M. Easum
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: CCC 459
Phone: (715) 346-2795
Fax: (715) 346-4489
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
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
- “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 Presentations 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.
- 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 York 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)
- 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)