Teaching Assistant: History 432, International Relations in the 20th Century

In the 2022/23 term, I am a Teaching Assistant for History 432, the history of international relations from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, addressing questions of war, peace, balance of power, and the evolution of the international system in global economic, cultural, and social contexts.

Guest Lectures and Presentations

Guest Lectures and Presentations include: “Teaching techniques for the first class: establishing dynamics and facilitating discussion”; “The Third (Communist) International and the Fourth (Trotskyist) International”; “The Soviet Union, the Chinese Communist Party, and the Kuomintang”; “Russian revolutions.”

Teaching Assistant: History 103, World History Since 1900

In 2021/2022, I was the Teaching Assistant for History 103, World History Since 1900 with Professor Steven Hugh Lee.

Soviet History Wikipedia Project

In the spring of 2021, students of History 350 (Soviet Union), selected Wikipedia stub pages from a list I provided, expanding the pages based on sources they had used in the course and additional sources specific to the topic. After reviewing their drafts and suggesting edits, I asked students to publish their edits. Since that time, many pages have had their ‘stub’ status removed and other contributors have added content.

The Chinese Communist Party and the Proletariat in the 1949 Revolution

Maoist practice and Trotskyist critique of exclusion and suppression of urban working-class initiative in the overthrow of the Kuomintang and struggle against its landlord and capitalist supporters.

Book Review: Harold Isaacs, The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution, 2009 [1938].

Book Review of Harold Isaacs. The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2009 [1938]. Full review at SFU Chinese History (see link in description)

Western Historiography of the Chinese Revolution

Western Historiography of the Chinese Revolution: Research Questions from the 1960s and 1970s; Continuity and Discontinuity in the Chinese Revolution: Western Historiography of China in the 21st Century

Translations: Revisiting the Revolution

I worked with Professor Timothy Cheek and other colleagues to interrogate the intellectual world of scholarly and public debate about the history of China’s twentieth-century revolutions and what they mean for China today and tomorrow. The project involves co-production of knowledge in mapping an intellectual field, collaborative translation, co-authoring analyses and translations and preparing these annotated translations for publication.

Translations: Zheng Chaolin

With Professor Gregor Benton and other colleagues, I contributed to a collection of English translations of the writings of Chinese Trotskyist Zheng Chaolin (1901-1998), who spent the years between 1952-1979 in prison in the PRC. The collection, Zheng Chaolin, Selected Writings, 1942-1998, will be published by Brill as part of its Historical Materialism Series.

Teaching Assistant: History 350, The Soviet Union

In the 2020/2021 semester, I was the Teaching Assistant for History 350, The Soviet Union, with Professor Alexei Kojevnikov.

Teaching Assistant: History 103, World History Since 1900

In 2019/2020, I was the Teaching Assistant for History 103, World History Since 1900 with Professor Glen Peterson.

Research Proposal

Liberation and Historical Materialism: Trotskyists Explain the 1949 Chinese Revolution: Research Proposal

Research Essay: Trotskyist Responses to the 1949 Chinese Revolution

Permanent Revolution Interrupted? Trotskyist Responses to the 1949 Chinese Revolution

Mao Zedong’s Analyses of Social Classes in Revolutionary China (1921-1949)

Mao Zedong’s changing theories of social class and class conflict cannot be understood simply as theoretical innovations or departures, but as expressions of fundamental changes in conditions and motives. Mao’s analysis of classes reflects the transformation of the Chinese Communist Party’s composition and purpose from a proletarian socialist political party to a peasant-based, nationalist military organization.