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Margaret Mih Tillman

Margaret Mih Tillman

Associate Professor // History

Director, Affiliated Faculty // Asian Studies // SLC

Associate Professor // Comparative Literature // SLC

Affiliated Faculty // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies // SIS

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 6154


Phone: (765) 496-2651

Fax: (765) 496-1755


SCLA 101: Transformative Texts
History 240: Premodern East Asia
History 241: Modern East Asia
History 339: Premodern China
History 340: Modern China
History 439: Communist China
History 611: Graduate Practicum

PhD University of California Berekely, 2013

Margaret Mih Tillman’s research focuses on cross-cultural contestations over identity formation and knowledge production in China in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her monograph, Raising China’s Revolutionaries (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018), charts the transnational establishment of child welfare as a lens for examining the introduction of new sensibilities about childhood innocence and sentimentalization.

Tested, her current research project, explores the ways that Chinese youth responded to curricular changes regarding academic promotion; a major focus of this story is the transnational establishment of educational psychology as a discipline and its innovation in testing and contests as a result of wartime experiences. Grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Taiwan Fulbright have funded this research.

Her work has also led her to examine some transnational issues, including diasporic labor in eighteenth-century Cuba and postwar UNESCO.

She is currently taking graduate students on the history of twentieth-century China, diasporic China, and global childhood.