Michitake Aso

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., University of California-Berkeley

060P Social Science
Phone: (518) 442-5300
Fax: (518) 442-5301

Current Research Interests:

Mitch Aso is an Assistant Professor of the Global Environment. Before arriving at the University at Albany, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National University of Singapore. He is currently finishing a book manuscript called Forest without Birds: Rubber and Environmental Crises in Vietnam, 1890-1975, which explores the making of environments, human health, and knowledge through the places and people involved in rubber production. His dissertation on French colonial Vietnam won the 2013 Young Scholar Prize of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science. He has recently published articles in Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, and Science, Technology, and Society. He teaches courses on global environmental history and Asian history.

Recent Publications:

"From Colonial Plantations To Socialist Production: The 'Vietnamization' Of Rubber, 1956-1975" (Accepted for publication withInstitut de Recherche sur l'Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine, IRASEC).

“The Itinerary of a North Vietnamese Surgeon: Medical Science and Politics during the Cold War,” co-authored with Annick Guénel, in Science Technology & Society, 18 (3), 2013, pp. 291–306.

“Patriotic Hygiene: Tracing New Places of Knowledge Production about Malaria in Vietnam, 1919–75” in Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 44 (3), 2013, pp. 423–443.

"Profits or people? Rubber Plantations and Everyday Technology in Rrural Indochina" in Modern Asian Studies, 46 (1), 2012, pp. 19-45.

“Rubber and Race in Rural Colonial Cambodia (1920s–1954)” in Siksācakr, 12–13, 2010-2011, pp. 127–138.

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