Kuo-An Ma

Kuo-An Ma
Global Perspectives on Society Postdoctoral Fellow

Kuo-An Ma considers herself a cultural historian with a particular interest in the visual aspects of modern history, and believes that history should “look different” in the age of digital media. In her dissertation, Ma looked at how the concepts for local and local society were shaped and transformed by emerging visual media, especially photography, in Taiwan during the colonial period. As an enthusiastic explorer in interdisciplinary studies, she is currently initiating a new research project to look at the history of science, visuality and folklore studies in 1950s East Asia. Before joining NYU Shanghai, Ma collaborated with online knowledge platforms such as gushi.com

Research Interests

  • Colonial History
  • Visual Studies
  • Science History
  • East Asian Ethnography
  • Digital Humanities


Select Publications

  • Ma Kuo-An, Taiwanese Photographers Series: Peng Ruey-lin 彭瑞麟 (Taipei: National Taiwan Museum, Nov. 2018) 
  • Ma Kuo-An, Taiwanese Photographers Series: Liu An-ming 劉安明(Taipei: National Taiwan Museum, forthcoming in Nov. 2019)
  • Ma Kuo-An, “To Live a Folk Life: Visual Documents of ‘Local Culture’ in Late Colonial Taiwan (1941-1945),” currently under review by the Journal of Transcultural Studies
  • Ma Kuo-An, “Yingxiang Li De Xing Wen Hua” in Call for New: Taiwan New Cultural Movement (Special Edition), Taipei: Taiwan New Cultural Movement Museum, Aug. 2018



  • PhD, Chinese Studies
    Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • MA, Asian Studies
    University of California, Berkeley