Faculty and Staff


Zhou Taomo (Assistant Professor)


Telephone: 6592 2535
Email: tmzhou@ntu.edu.sg

Mailing Address
Nanyang Technological University
School of Humanities
14 Nanyang Drive, HSS-05-22
Singapore 637332



Taomo Zhou received her Ph.D. in History from Cornell University. She studied at Peking University (B.A. with highest honors), Waseda University (B.A.) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (M. Sc. with Distinction). 

Currently Taomo is preparing a book manuscript on the political interactions and migration between China and Indonesia during the Cold War. Grounded in multilingual archival research as well as oral history interviews with retired diplomats, former political prisoners and communist exiles, this project demonstrates how state-to-state diplomacy was influenced or even limited by transnational ethnic ties and the daily social and political practices of a minority group. This project also fundamentally changes how we understand the September 30th Movement in Indonesia. Taomo’s doctoral research received grant from Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies.

At the NTU, Taomo Zhou teaches classes on Cold War International History, Southeast Asian and World War II, as well as Modern Indonesian History. 

Future Plans
Taomo Zhou is beginning new research on Indonesia’s foreign policy during the early Cold War period as well as on the new patterns of migration from China to Southeast Asia in the 21st century. She is also interested in the historical transformation of Shenzhen, located in South China immediately north of Hong Kong, from a fishing village to the foremost frontier in China’s adaptation to market principles and opening up to the world economy. 


Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed Articles:
“Ambivalent Alliance: Chinese Policy towards Indonesia, 1960-1965,” The China Quarterly 221 (March 2015), pp. 208-228.
“China and the Thirtieth of September Movement,” Indonesia 98 (October 2014), pp. 29-58.
“Huaqiao wenti de zhengzhi xuanwo: jiexi 1959-1962 nian Zhongguo dui Yindunixiya zhengce” [The turbulences caused by the overseas Chinese issue: An analysis of Chinese policy towards Indonesia, 1959-1962], Lengzhan guojishi yanjiu [Cold War International Studies] 9 (Summer 2010), pp. 155-174.
Non peer-reviewed Publications:
“Chinese Foreign Policy: Southeast Asia,” co-authored with Liu Hong, under contract for Weiping Wu and Mark W. Frzier eds., The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China (SAGE Publishing, 2017).
“Sino-Indonesian Interactions on the Nuclear Issue: New Evidence from the Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China,” in China and the Cold War in Asia, Cold War International History Project Bulletin 19 (Washington D.C.: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, forthcoming).
“A Review of the National Archives of the Republic of Indonesia,” (Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia, ANRI), Dissertation Reviews, February 2015, available at http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/10930.
“Ambivalent Alliance: Chinese Policy towards Indonesia, 1960-1965,” Cold War International   History Project Working Paper 67 (Washington D.C.: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, August 2013), available at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/ambivalent-alliance-chinese-policy-towards-indonesia-1960-1965.
Book Reviews: 
Charlotte Brooks, Between Mao and McCarthy: Chinese American Politics in the Cold War Years (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015). Huaren yanjiu guoji xuebao [The International Journal of Overseas Chinese Studies], Vol. 07. No. 02 (December 2015), pp. 127-129.
Ja Ian Chong, External Intervention and the Politics of State Formation: China, Indonesia, and Thailand, 1893-1952 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014). The China Quarterly 213 (March 2013), pp. 224-226.
Liu Hong, China and the Shaping of Indonesia, 1949-1965 by Liu Hong (Singapore: The National University of Singapore Press, 2011). The China Quarterly 212 (December 2012), pp. 1140-1142.