As Director and founder of the multi-disciplinary Centre for the Humanities and Medicine (CHM), a joint initiative of the Faculty of Arts and the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, I oversee a programme of research involving a wide range of disciplines networked to national and international institutions. My research focuses on histories of infectious disease, epidemics, and global pandemic threats. As a Professor in the Department of History I lecture on the history of medicine and health and in 2010 introduced cross-faculty teaching modules on global histories of disease.

I have previously taught and held fellowships at the Universities of London, St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, and St. Peter's College, Oxford. From 2008-2011 I was a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.In 2015, I was King’s College London-HKU Fellow.


Online article on 'The New Tech of Epidemic Surveillance: A Magic Bullet?Asia Global Online, 3 May 2018.

'Viral Chatter: Epidemic Intelligence and Bio-Digital Communications,Media Medica: Medicine & the Challenge of New Media, international conference, Johns Hopkins, 27-28 October 2017.

Review of Epidemics in Modern Asia in Lancet Infectious Diseases 

Interview by New Books Network on Epidemics in Modern Asia

New Book Epidemics in Modern Asia AVAILABLE NOW

'Fatal Repetitions: SARS and the Disasters to Come,Disastrous Pasts: New Directions in Asian Disaster Studies, international conference, organized by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 21-22 November 2016.

'Where Has SARS Gone? The Strange Case of the Disappearing Coronavirus,After the End of Disease Conference, international conference, Royal College of Medicine, London, May 2016.

Discussant and Moderator at the 6th International Conference on the History of Medicine in Southeast Asia (HOMSEA), Siem Reap, Cambodia, January 2016.

New Book Empires of Panic: Epidemics and Colonial Anxieties AVAILABLE NOW

'Epidemic Intelligence and the Futures of Contagion,' Imitation, Contagion, Suggestion: Rethinking the Social, international conference, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, May 2015.

'Autopsies of Violence: Dissection and Dissent in Nineteenth-Century China,' Annual Conference of the American Association for the History of Medicine, New Haven, CT, April/May 2015.

Keynote at Plague and the City: Disease, Epidemic Control and the Urban Environment, international conference, University of Cambridge, December 2014. Title: 'Plagued in Hong Kong: Disease in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.'

'Still Lives and the Traffic of Infection: Spaces of Quarantine in Colonial Hong Kong,' Quarantine: History, Heritage, Place, international conference, University of Sydney, August 2014.

'When Death Came Calling: How the Plague Swept Through Hong Kong,' interview with the South China Morning Post, June 2014

'Serial Killer: Imagining SARS,' Viral Imaginaries: Infectious Disease and Society in Contemporary China, international conference, Hong Kong, 5-6 December 2013

Discussant at 'Workshop on New Developments in Chinese Civil Society,' HKU-HKJC ExCEL3, Hong Kong, October 2013.

'Cowboys in the Tropics: Milk, Hygiene, and the Acclimatisation of Hong Kong,' Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, HKU, September 2013

'Panic Encabled: Epidemics and the ‘Telegraphic World’' at Panic: Disease, Crisis, and Empire, CHM and Department of History, 10-11 December 2012

'Hybrid Models of Health Delivery: Social Entrepreneurship' at Social Entrepreneurship for Health: Enhancing Networks & Building Capacities, part of ExCEL3 Project supported by the Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, 1 November 2012

'Parasitic Capital: Economics, Contagion, and New Imperialism, 1880-1914' paper presented at the international workshop Empires on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Lichtenberg-­Kolleg, Georg-­August-­Universität Göttingen, Germany, 9 July 2012

'New Humanitarian Models? Histories & Futures' at Humanitarian Futures , part of HUMANITAS 2012, organized by CHM and Peking University, 25 May 2012

'Seeing Violence: Geovisualization, and Humanitarian Crisis' at Humanitarian Violence, part of HUMANITAS 2012, CHM, 21 May 2012

Chair and discussant of the panel on 'Social Entrepreneurship' in the international conference The Third Sector and Public Governance in Greater China, HKU, 9 March 2012

Workshop on 'Social Entrepreneurship and Sexual Health' organized by CHM and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, HKU, 24 - 25 November 2011

'Pathological Properties' at Disease and Crime: Social Pathologies and the New Politics of Health, CHM, 19 April 2011

Lane Crawford Live, public discussion at Semi-Permanent 2011, HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, 11-12 March 2011

'Empire, Panic, and the Business of Disease' at the international conference Hong Kong in the Global Setting organized by the Department of History, HKU, 11-12 January 2011

Panel Discussion with Prof Françoise Barré-Sinoussi on ‘HIV-AIDS – a Scientific and Human Adventure in Response to an Emerging Epidemic,’ HKU, 22 November 2010

Paper on ‘Embedded Technologies’ at the international workshop ‘Use of Rapid Tests to Screen for Syphilis in High Risk Populations’ organized by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, National Center for STD Control, China CDC and WHO, Shenzhen, China, 22 October 2010

'Economies of Contagion: Financial Crisis and Pandemic' at the conference One Year into the Pandemic: Perspectives on Risk and Crisis Communication, organized by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, HKU, 12-13 July 2010

Spoke at the international conference Diseases and Public Health in Asian Ports (1850s-1950s) at Baptist University, Hong Kong, 24-25 June 2010

Contributor to a transnational noir project, presented a paper on ‘Colonial Noir: Diseasing the City’ at the Crossroads 2010 conference at Lingnan University, organized by the Association for Cultural Studies, 17-21 June 2010

Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme, HKU

Centre for the Humanities and Health, King's College London

Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, HKU

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge

Department of History, HKU

LSE Health, London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London