Tong Lam

Tong Lam

Associate Professor & Interim Chair (through to June 30, 2023)
Historical Studies - History
  • Room:
    MN 4292
  • Office Hours:
    Please refer to syllabus and/or contact via email.
  • Mailing Address:

    3359 Mississauga Road, Maanjiwe nendamowinan, 4th floor
    Mississauga ON L5L 1C6

Tong Lam’s research areas include the modern and contemporary history of China, science and technology, politics and aesthetics, cities, and empire. His first book, A Passion for Facts: Social Surveys and the Construction of the Chinese Nation-State, 1900-1949 (2011), analyzes the profound consequences of the emergence of the technologiy of the “social fact” and social survey research in modern China. Professor Lam’s current research examines China’s urban infrastructures, ruins and ruination, as well as the renewed imperial ambitions of the later Qing empire. As a visual artist, he uses photographic and cinematographic techniques to dissect contemporary China’s hysterical transformation, as well as Cold War ruins around the world. He has published a photo-essay book, Abandoned Futures (2013), and has exhibited his work internationally.

Current Courses: 


  • HIS285H5: Politics of Asian Pacific War Memories


  • HIS378H5​: East Asian Cities​