International activities include: 

  • Authored two books: Bubonic Plague in Nineteenth-Century China andGolden-Silk Smoke: A History of Tobacco in China, 1550-2010.
  • Awarded the American Historical Association's 2011 John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History for Golden-Silk Smoke. The book was also a finalist for the 2013 Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies book prize.
  • Received the Dean's Award for Excellence in teaching in the College in 2005 and completed a residential fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

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