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Dr Niki Alsford is Reader in Asia Pacific Studies and Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) and specialises in transnational social history of the Asia Pacific region with a particular focus on nineteenth and twentieth century Taiwan
Dr Niki Alsford is Reader in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Language & Global Studies at UCLan and is Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies.
Dr Alsford is a historical anthropologist/ethnohistorian by training and welcomes proposals for doctoral research on Asian Pacific history and society in particular he is interested in supervising a project on the role of the BBC on the Korean Peninsula and research on Pacific nations studies.
Prior to joining UCLan, Dr Alsford was Research Fellow at the Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences as part of a research project titled: Power and Strategies of Social and Political Order of which his contribution was primarily the continuation of his work on comparative Taiwan social history. A core part of this project explored the formation and development of urban spaces in the Asia Pacific region.
Dr Alsford is an appointed Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS, the University of London and a Research Fellow at Ewha Institute of Unification Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. He was formally an elected executive board member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS). He is currently a strand convenor for the Social History Society and is Co-Editor of the BRILL Series in Taiwan Studies. He has worked on a number of collaborative projects that include the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, the Council of Indigenous Peoples, and the National Museum of Taiwan History.
He is a Fellow of Royal Asiatic Society and Country of Origin Expert (Taiwan) for the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI)
Dr Alsford had an article published on The Conversation in December 2016 about the then President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call to the Taiwanese president.
He had a further article published on The Conversation in June 2018 about North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and the US’s Donald Trump, and the peace process between the two Koreas.
Alsford, Niki J.P. Transitions to Modernity in Taiwan: The spirit of 1895 and the cession of Formosa to Japan . London: Routledge, 2017.
Alsford, Niki J.P. ed. Chronicling Formosa: Setting the Foundations for the Presbyterian Mission 1865-1876. Taipei: Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, 2015.
Alsford, Niki J.P. The Tea of Taiwan: Contemporary Adaptation. In Taiwan Since Martial Law: Society, Culture, Economy, Politics, edited by David Blundell, 263-297. Taipei/Berkeley: University of California and National Taiwan University Press, 2012.
Alsford, Niki J.P. Torn Between Two Worlds: Rev. Shoki Coe, Domesticity, and the Taiwanese Self-Determination Movement. In The Shaping of Christianity in China, edited by Paul Woods, 233-250 Oxford: Regnum Publishing Company, 2017.
Alsford, Niki J.P. A Barbarian’s House by the River Tamsui: One House and the History of Its Many Occupants, Journal of Family History 40:2 (April 2015): 153-171.
For full list of publications, see: https://uclan.academia.edu/NikiAlsford
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