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Niall Chithelen

Dissertation Fellow
UC San Diego

Niall Chithelen is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of California, San Diego. His dissertation centers on the use of concrete in Mao-era China. By studying concrete, Niall seeks to connect the histories of architecture, economic planning, technological experimentation, and ecology in 20th-century China. Niall is also interested in the history of violence, the global Cold War, and critical geography. Prior to his Ph.D., Niall received a B.A. from Cornell University and taught at China Foreign Affairs University as a Princeton in Asia fellow. He is also an editor and occasional writer for Taxis magazine.

Proposal Title: Concrete and the Construction of China: The Environmental History of “Building Socialism,” 1949–1976

Niall Chithelen

Expertise & Interests

  • China
  • Economic planning
  • Violence
  • Cold War
  • Geography