Christopher K. Tong is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies and coordinator for Chinese language teaching at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining UMBC, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. He speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, and German and has reading knowledge of French and Japanese.
Christopher publishes on the intersection of culture, politics, and environment. He is one of eleven Early Career Fellows selected by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Henry Luce Foundation in 2021-2022. His work has received support from the American Philosophical Society, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, Association for Asian Studies, Thoreau Society, and the Fulbright Program (Nanjing, China, 2018-2019; Hamburg, Germany, 2006-07). He is currently Chair of American Society for Environmental History’s Meeting Sites Committee and a former Chair of Modern Language Association’s Modern and Contemporary Chinese Forum.