Jack Patrick Hayes

BA (Colorado College), MA (Hawaii), PhD (UBC)
Dr Jack Hayes
Surrey Office: 2850H
Surrey Campus: 604.599.2120
Richmond Office: 2320

Jack Hayes joined the Asian Studies and History faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2013 and is a research associate with the Center for Chinese Research at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research.  Dr. Hayes’ research focus is on late imperial and modern Chinese and Tibetan environmental history, resource development and ethnic relations in western China, and environmental policy development in East Asia.  Dr. Hayes also serves on the editorial board and as the Assistant Editor (Reviews, Asia) for the journal Environmental History and Associate Editor (China) for Pacific Affairs.  He has published a number of articles on Chinese environmental history, most recently on fire ecosystems and legal history, and wetlands and warfare in Chinese history.  His book A Change in Worlds on the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands (Lanham, MA: Lexington, 2013) is a social and environmental history of Sino-Tibetan north Sichuan.  His current research project is seeks to analyze the historical policies, science, and boots-on-the-ground development of China’s wildfire and rural/peri-urban fire fighting. In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Hayes has served as a consultant on number of environment and history projects in China and the United States.

Areas of Interest

General Research and Teaching:  Modern and Late Imperial Chinese History, Modern Japanese History, East Asian Environmental History, Historiography & Methodology in History

Material Culture in East Asia:  Tea Ceremony in Asian Cultures, Opium, Alcohol & Tobacco Use in East Asia, Tourism in China & Nature Reserves/Park Systems

Environmental History:  Global Environmental History, Chinese Environmental History, Fires & Natural Disasters in Chinese History

Borderlands History:  Tibetan History, History and Dynamics in East & Central Asia