Ting-chih Wu

        Ting-chih Wu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His studies focus on borderland spaces in middle-period and pre-modern China from the 10th to the 17th centuries, with specific interests in political institutions, military confrontation, environmental changes and digital humanities methodologies. His dissertation is tentatively titled "Farmlands, Grasslands and Woodlands: Changing Landscapes in Sino-Mongol Borderlands, 1370-1620." It examines territorial perceptions, land use, and state formation at the Sino-Mongol borders in northern and northwestern Ming China (14th-17th centuries), especially in the regions of contemporary northern Shanxi, northern Shaanxi, and Ningxia. By focusing on the Ming empire's border infrastructure, this dissertation explores how border residents' movements and local environment shaped the Ming empire's border enterprise. His research benefits from interdisciplinary approaches to examine national and local bureaucratic records, stone epigraphs, and historical remains, as well as GIS maps.

        Ting-chih Wu received his BA and MA degrees in history at National Taiwan University. His master thesis focused on the military confrontation at Sino-Tangut borders in Northern Song China (10th-12th centuries) and how wars shaped the Song Chinese empire's political institutions.


M.A., History, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., History, National Taiwan University
B.A., History, National Taiwan University

Late Imperial and Modern China, Inner Asia and Conquest Dynasties, Modern Japan

Siyen Fei (Advisor)
Christopher Atwood
Frederick Dickinson

Research Interests

Middle-period and per-modern China
Empire and rural space
History of borderlands
Cultural identities
Historical maps

Courses Taught

HIST395: East Asian Diplomacy (T.A., Fall 2018)
HIST076: Africa since 1800 (T.A., Fall 2017)
HIST091: Modern Japanese History (Grader, Spring 2019)
HIST160: Strategy, Policy & War (Grader, Spring 2018)



Association for Asian Studies
Society of Ming Studies
Society for Song, Yuan, and Conquest Dynasty Studies

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