Taylor Coplen

Taylor Coplen

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Research Interests: History of technology; East Asian studies; international science policy; postcolonial science studies; STS; transnational knowledge flows; post-secondary STEM education policy.

Taylor is a PhD student in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard. His current research interests include the development of science and technology in the People’s Republic of China, with a specific focus on government efforts to promote scientific innovation, the globalization of technological production, and transnational scientific exchange.

His previous work examined the historical agglomeration of consumer electronics manufacturing in the Pearl River Delta region and the surveillance infrastructure in Xinjiang province. Through this geographical focus, his research strives to contribute towards a global reorientation of the history of science and technology.


“Decentralized Hardware Production: Makerspaces, Shanzhai, and the Future of Shenzhen’s Technology Industries,” presented at Nanyang Technological University’s Interrogating Innovation Symposium, August 2019.

Previous Degrees:

BA., Philosophy; History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine, University of Chicago
MA., China Development Studies, The University of Hong Kong

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