Mark Baker is a PhD candidate working on modern Chinese history. He has broad interests in urban history, rural-urban relations, comparative imperial/colonial history and the history of war.
His dissertation is a comparative and connective history of Kaifeng and Zhengzhou, two neighboring cities in Henan Province, North China. It explores spatial change at the urban edge of both cities in the tumultuous period between the last years of the Qing and the late 1950s. As side-projects, he is also looking at the 1942-43 famine in Henan, the abortive experiments in urban communes during the Great Leap Forward, and controversies surrounding the behavior of warlord troops in cities during the 1910s and 1920s.
Feel free to get in touch with any questions about any of these issues or about the Yale program in history.