Faculty and Staff


Michael Stanley-Baker (Assistant Professor)

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Telephone: 6592 7879
Email: msb@ntu.edu.sg

Mailing Address
Nanyang Technological University
School of Humanities
48 Nanyang Avenue, HSS-05-12
Singapore 639818


Dr. Michael Stanley-Baker joined the School on 13 November 2017 as Assistant Professor specialising in Medical Humanities. This is a joint appointment with Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.

Prior to joining NTU, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, where he worked on a monograph that traces the emergence of cultural distinctions between medicine and religion in medieval China, as well as developing new digital tools to study materials and material practices in pre-modern Chinese sources as well as other languages.

Dr. Stanley-Baker holds a PhD from University College London in Medical History, an MA in Literary Chinese from Indiana University Bloomington, and a clinical diploma in Chinese Medicine from Ruseto College, Boulder, Colorado. ​​He has held research posts at the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge; Academia Sinica, Taipei; Leipzig University and Pittsburgh University.

His research focuses on the distribution of medical therapies among religious actors, the relationship of their strategies and agendas to those of medical doctors, and the degree of match between these and the ways modern scholarship has divided up the histories of science, medicine and religion. He is working on four projects concurrently: his monograph, Situating Practice: Medicine and Religion in Early Imperial China; two edited volumes, The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Medicine with Dr. Vivienne Lo and Situating Medicine and Religion across Asia with Dr. Pierce Salguero. He is also lead investigator for a digital project, Drugs across Asia, which analyzes the distribution of material medica in early Imperial Chinese sources, in collaboration the Max Planck Institute, National Taiwan University and Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts.

Dr Stanley-Baker serves as Vice-President of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM), in which role he has helped to broker the society’s new relationship to the WHO, the WHS and the Humboldt Forum in Germany. He has also helped to expand its intellectual remit to include many new disciplines which influence the global circulation of Asian medicines, including ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, clinical research, global health policy and law.


Selected Publications

  • 'Dung, Hair and Mungbeans: Household Remedies in the Longmen Recipes', in C. P. Salguero (ed.) *Buddhism & Healing in East Asia*, New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.

  • "Indian Massage" from Sun Simiao's Prescriptions Worth a Thousand in Gold in in C. P. Salguero (ed.) *Buddhism & Healing in East Asia*, New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.

  • "Chinese Medicine." in Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine, Mark Jackson ed. Oxford University Press