Field: East Asia/China
Advisor: Madeleine Zelin
Tristan is a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese History and a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year. His dissertation, “The Veins of the Earth: Geomantic Knowledge and Legal Territoriality in Nanbu County, 1865 – 1949” uses the recently available archives of Nanbu County to show how geomantic information, as embedded local knowledge of rural landscapes, was one of the key arenas for the projection of - and limitations on - state power in the county from the Qing dynasty to 1949. This research has been supported by the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, the Daniel and Marianne Spiegel Fund, the Social Science Research Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Henry Luce Foundation, and Columbia University.
Tristan is broadly interested in Chinese local, religious, and geographic histories, as well as the intersection of law, science, and the environment in Asian contexts. He received his A.B. from Harvard College, and his MA and M.Phil in History from Columbia University. Tristan is expected to defend his dissertation in the spring of 2017.