Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Zhou Taomo

Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Asst Prof Zhou Taomo

Taomo Zhou is an Assistant Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, specializing in modern Chinese and Southeast Asian history. Taomo received her B.A. from Peking University and Waseda University, M. Sc. with Distinction from the London School of Economics and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her writings have appeared in publications such as The China Quarterly, The Critical Asian Studies, the journal Indonesia, and The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China.

Taomo’s first book, Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia and the Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2019), examines how two of the world's most populous countries interacted between 1945 and 1967, when the concept of citizenship was contested, and the boundaries of political mobilization were blurred.

For an excerpt of Migration in the Time of Revolution, see The South China Morning Post (

For book-related podcasts: see New Books Networks ( and Talking Indonesia (

Having grown up in a migrant family in Shenzhen, Taomo is starting a new project on the historical transformation of this first special economic zone of China.
Research Interests
Modern Southeast Asian History, Modern Chinese History, Economic History, Migration, International Communist Movement, Cold War, International Relations.
Current Projects
  • Diaspora and Diplomacy: China, Indonesia, and the Cold War, 1945 - 1967
  • Free Trade Zones: Singapore, Shenzhen, and Beyond
  • Literary Representations of the Cold War: A Comparative Study of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Shenzhen: China on the Move
Selected Publications
  • Zhou, Taomo. (2019). Sukarno's Nuclear Ambitions and China: Documents from the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archives. Indonesia, (108), 89-120.
  • Zhou, Taomo. (2019). Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia and the Cold War. Cornell University Press.
  • Zhou, Taomo. (2019). Revolusi, Diplomasi, Diaspora: Indonesia, Tiongkok, dan Etnik Tionghoa, 1945-1967. Kompas.
  • Hong Liu and Zhou, Taomo. (2019). Bandung Humanism and A New Understanding of the Global South: An Introduction. Critical Asian Studies, 51:2, 141-143.
  • Zhou, Taomo. (2019). Global reporting from the Third World: the Afro-Asian Journalists’ Association, 1963–1974. Critical Asian Studies, 51: 2, 166-197.

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