My book, Modern Women in China and Japan: Gender and Global Modernity Between the Wars was released in 2012. It looks at what it meant to be a "modern woman" in the interwar period. I write about the lives of four women each in China and Japan. These women were writers and artists whose work reflects the enormous social changes taking place, and the development of interwar feminism.

Sometimes I write for The Atlantic and Berfrois, and the Berlin Review of Books.

I have a podcast about urban history, called Cities in History. You can subscribe in itunes or leave comments on the site. I'm also ranked as the most influential historian on Twitter. You can usually find me there.

Research interests
My next book will examine the development of four colonial port cities: Malacca, Havana, New Orleans and Sydney, from the early sixteenth century to 1900. I also have two other projects underway: one on the history of human disappearances, and one on wine in the Anglophone world.

What else I do
Editor of the journal Transnational Subjects