Yang Bin is an associate professor in the History Department, National University of Singapore. His dissertation, “Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE–Twentieth Century CE),” was awarded the 2004 Gutenberg-e prize by the American Historical Association, and was published by Columbia University Press. His research articles have been accepted by journals including Modern Asian Studies, Journal of World History, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, The China Quarterly, and China Report.
Professor Yang's paper "‘Exodus: Lotus Seals and Sealings in a Transregional Perspective" received the first prize at an international forum on images, seals, and sealings organised by the Xiling Seal Art Society in November 2018, and he was admitted to the Xiling Seal Art Society (西泠印社). Founded in 1904, the Xiling Seal Art Society is arguably the only scholarly organisation from the late Qing dynasty that has survived until the present day. The society is dedicated to the practice and studies of traditional Chinese seals, sealings, stone and metal artifacts, paintings, and calligraphy. His English monograph Cowrie Shells and Cowrie Money: A Global History, supported by the Publication Grant of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, was published by Routledge in December 2018. Professor Yang's Chinese monogprah 饶宗颐新加坡大学执教考 (Jao Tsung-I in Singapore (1968-1973): Life, Research, and Chinese Scholar Diaspora) was published in summer 2018, by Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, Hong Kong University.
Current Research Projects and Interests: The Gu蛊 in Chinese History