Teach 3.11 Editorial Team
Kristina Buhrman, Shoan Yin Cheung
Chris Courtney, Chihyung Jeon, Shi-Lin Loh, Teru Miyake, Anto Mohsin, Maika Nakao, Rita Padawangi, Ghada Salama, Ryuma Shineha, Fiona Williamson
Ashanti Shih, Audrey Tay Aik Ling
Library, Nanyang Technological University
Sulfikar Amir, Christian Dimmer, Ashanti Shih, Zachary Tan, Honghong Tinn, Tyson Vaughan
Philip C. Brown, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Isaac Kerlow, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University
Scott Knowles, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Tomiko Yamaguchi, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
Kristina Buhrman, Managing Editor
Kristina Buhrman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at the Florida State University. She received her Ph.D from the Department of History at the University of Southern California with the dissertation “The Stars and the State: Astronomy, Astrology, and the Politics of Natural Knowledge in Early Medieval Japan” (2012). Her research is on the interpretation of nature, particularly natural disasters, in premodern Japan, a topic that combines the history of science with political history and the history of religions. She lends Teach 3.11 her expertise and interest in the history of disasters in Japan before the modern period. Aside from her premodern focus, she is interested in the modern interaction between East Asian religions and science, and in collaborations between historians and scientists in making risk assessments. Kristina graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Linguistics with a concentration in Cognitive Studies, and before entering her Ph.D. program she worked as a website support specialist for the Cornell University Libraries.
Shoan Yin Cheung, Managing Editor
Shoan Yin Cheung is a Ph.D. candidate in Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. Her dissertation examines Japan’s encounter of the hormonal birth control pill as “medicine” that disciplines bodies instead of as “contraception” in relation to its population crisis. Shoan Yin is a 2016-2017 Nippon Foundation Fellow at The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama.
Chris Courtney, China Editor
Having completed his PhD at the University of Manchester, Chris Courtney was awarded a Research Fellow in Chinese History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge in 2013. From July 2015 he was a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore. His current research focuses on the problem of flooding in twentieth-century Hubei. His published and forthcoming work examines a range of issues, including the popular religious understanding of the environment and changing patterns of Chinese hydraulic governance since the Republican period. He is currently completing a monograph on the subject of the 1931 Central China Flood.
Gayathri Haridas, Production Manager
Gayathri Haridas is a Ph.D. student in Public Policy and Global Affairs at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She holds two master’s degrees, a MSc in Biomedicine, Biosciences and Society from the London School of Economics, where she conducted an empirical study of the use of race in pharmacogenomics within the United Kingdom. Her work at VIT University, India, where she earned a MSc in Biotechnology, involved a study on the study of UV-C induced production of phytoalexins in carrot roots. Gayathri also has experience as a professional medical writer, and she is interested in the role of science and technology in politics.
Chihyung Jeon, Korea editor
Chihyung Jeon is an assistant professor at the Graduate Program of Science and Technology Policy at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Previously, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where he participated in the Sciences of the Archive research project. He handles all Korean language related materials for Teach 3.11. Chihyung’s research focuses on the human-machine relationship in the 20th and 21st centuries with a comparative perspective between the US and East Asia. He earned his Ph.D. in 2010 at the Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology & Society at MIT with a dissertation titled “Technologies of the Operator: Engineering the Pilot in the US and Japan, 1930-1960.”
Shi-Lin Loh, Chinese and Japanese Languages Editor
Shi-Lin Loh is a Singaporean who ended up studying Japan in the United States. She is a recently graduated Ph.D in Modern Japanese History and Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University. Her dissertation examines X-rays in relation to the history of radiation in modern Japan. Shi-Lin is a D.Kim Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow for 2016-2017 and is affiliated with Keio University as a Visiting Researcher.
Teru Miyake, Japanese Language Editor
Teru Miyake is an assistant professor of Philosophy at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He recently received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford University. His area of specialty is the philosophy of science, and his dissertation was about a special kind of scientific problem—that of trying to acquire knowledge about systems to which we have limited access. He compared different examples of this problem across centuries. One example of this type of problem focused on astronomy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which brought him to study the work of Kepler and Newton. Another example concerns contemporary seismology, where the aim of seismologists is to acquire detailed knowledge about the interior of the earth from observations of seismic waves at the surface. Teru is particularly interested in how scientific theories and models are used in the exploration of systems that cannot be accessed directly. Before going into philosophy, he got a B.S. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology, and lived for many years in Japan, working as an engineer and later as a freelance translator.
Anto Mohsin, Bahasa Indonesia Language Editor
Anto Mohsin is Assistant Professor in Residence in the Liberal Arts Program of Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q). He received his Ph.D. in science and technology studies (S&TS) from Cornell University. Prior to joining NU-Q, he held a Henry Luce Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asian Environmental Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His teaching and research interests include STS, energy studies, environmental studies, disaster studies, and Southeast Asian studies.
Maika Nakao, Japan Editor
Maika Nakao is a historian of science and culture. She received her Ph.D. in history of science from the University of Tokyo (2015). Her book 『核の誘惑: 戦前日本の科学文化と「原子力ユートピア」の出現』[ Allure of Nuclear: Science Culture in Prewar Japan and the Emergence of “Atomic Utopia”] was published in 2015 by Keisō Shōbō. She has produced the documentary film Memories of the Kyoto Cyclotron which was awarded a prize at the 50th Science and Technology Film/Video Festival (2009). She is currently working on the cultural history of radiation in Japan before and after the atomic bomb.
Lisa Onaga, Editor-in-Chief
Lisa Onaga is a co-founder of Teach 3.11, a collaborative online educational resource that helps teachers, students, and scholars locate, produce, and share collective wisdom about the three disasters in Japan through study of the history of science and technology in Asia. Lisa serves as an assistant professor in the History Programme at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia and the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics. Lisa holds a Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University, for which her research on the history of silkworm genetics was carried out in the Tōhoku region of Japan as well as in Thailand, supported by National Science Foundation, Fulbright, and Social Sciences Research Council grants. She served a chair of the Forum for the History of Science in Asia. As a former science writer, she conducted media relations work with Burness Communications and for the journal Science. Lisa also survived the Kobe ’95 earthquake.
Rita Padawangi, Bahasa Indonesia Language Editor
Rita Padawangi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University (NUS). She received her PhD in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago where she was also a Fulbright Scholar for her MA studies. With research interests spanning over the sociology of architecture and participatory urban development, Dr Padawangi has conducted various research projects in Southeast Asian cities, including in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore. She is also actively conducting research on social movements and public spaces in Indonesia. Her commitment to social activism in the built environment keeps her connected with community groups and practitioners in many cities in the region. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ghada Salama, Arabic Language Editor
Ghada Salama is an Instructional Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering program at Texas A&M at Qatar. She feels a strong bond with all things Asia especially South East Asia where she grew up and would love to contribute to Teach 3.11
Ryuma Shineha, Multimedia Editor
Ryuma Shineha is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at Seijo University. He previously held an assistant professorship at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (“Science and Society” group). He studies media discourses, communication, and public policy concerning the life sciences in Japan. He received his Ph.D on this theme from Kyoto University in 2011. His published works on this theme include “Public engagement in Japanese policy-making: a history of the genetically modified organisms debate” (New Genetics and Society, vol. 28-2, 2009). Currently, he is investigating the social structures, media discourses, and the public interest on issues around 3.11 with collaborating researchers Mikihito Tanaka (Waseda University), Ekou Yagi and Masaki Nakamura (both of Osaka University). Their current work on 3.11 is published in Japanese as the two books, The Disaster Vulnerable and the Information Vulnerable: What was overlooked after 3.11? (災害弱者と情報弱者: ３・１１後、何が見過ごされたのか) (Chikuma-Press) and Science and Politics after the Disaster of March 11 in Japan (ポスト3.11の科学と政治) (Nakanishiya Press).
Fiona Williamson, English Language Editor
Fiona is a Research Fellow in the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Over the past few years she has been working as a lecturer in the UK and in Asia, as well as working with the UK Meteorological Office on a series of projects relating to historic weather. Her current research focuses on flooding and urban development in Singapore and colonial Malaya. Her published and forthcoming work examines a range of issues connected to historic flooding, public health, climate, and the history of meteorology.
Teach 3.11 is a joint project of the Forum for the History of Science in Asia and the Society for the History of Technology Asia Network.