Tristan G. Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in Modern Chinese History at Columbia University. His interests include geographic, legal, and social histories of late imperial and modern China, as well as the global contexts of Chinese history. Tristan's research is supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Henry Luce Foundation, and Columbia University. He received a joint B.A. from Harvard College in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and his MA (2011) and M.Phil. (2013) in History from Columbia University.