Mitch Aso

Examines environmental history of medicine, science, technology and politics of Southeast Asia

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Mitch Aso

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: History

20th Century Southeast Asia; global environment; medicine and health

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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.