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.
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.
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.
'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