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Faculty & Staff Profile

Man Bun Kwan

Title:  Associate Professor
Office:  303 McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-0917

Professor Kwan specializes in modern China, particularly its business, economic, legal, and social history. When traveling in China, he enjoys rummaging through local markets for land deeds and contracts. He is currently working on a monograph and editing a volume of archival material on the Pacific Alkali Co., Ltd.


PhD, Stanford University, 1990.

Research Support

(PI) Kwan Man Bun, American Research in Humanities in China, American Council of Learned Societies. 50,400. Date: 09/01/2012 to to Present. Status: Active.

(PI) Kwan Man Bun, Indigenization of chemical fertilizer in Taiwan, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation. 2,600. Date: 08/01/2012 to 09/01/2012. Status: Pending.

(PI) Kwan, Man Bun, Improving the Earth: Chemical Fertilizer in Modern China, National Endowment for the Humanities. (ACLS Fellowship 2012); $50,400.00. Date: 09/01/2012 to 06/30/2013. Status: Active.

(PI) Kwan, Man Bun, Indigenization of Chemical Fertilizer in Taiwan, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. (2012 Award); $2,600.00. Date: 08/10/2012 to 08/30/2013. Status: Active.


Salt wars in modern China: Jiuda Salt Refinery, 1914-1953


Chen Zhongping. Modern China's Network Revolution. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011. In American Historical Review (Feb. 2012), 177-78.

Work in Progress

Patriot&39;s Game: Jiuda Salt Refinery, 1914-1952. Book manuscript.

Colliding capitalisms: Yongli Chemical Industries, 1917-1952. Book manuscript.

Invited Presentations

Kwan Man Bun (2012). Chemical Fertilizer in Modern China. History Institute, Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences.

Kwan Man Bun (2013). Breaking the nitrogen bottleneck, Yongli Chemicals and ICI at war, 1931-1935. Symposium on transnational network in modern China, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Events Organized

Conference. Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting (03/15/2012), Toronto.

Honors & Awards

"Indigenization of chemical fertilizer in Modern Taiwan", Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, 08-2012 to 09-2012.

Chemical Fertilizer in Modern China, American Council of Learned Societies, 2012 to 2013.


Committee Member, Executive , 09/01/2012 to 06/31/2012.

Committee Chair, East/Southeast Asia Search Committee, 09/01/2012 to 03/31/2012.

Member, Graduate , 09/01/2012 to 06/31/2012.

Committee Chair, East/South Asia visiting position search, 03/25/2012 to 06/31/2012.

Courses Taught

Asian Civilizations: China, Japan.

Ancient China, Medieval China, Modern China.



15-HIST-400 JUNIOR TOPICS SEM Salt in World History.