Dr. Wayne Tan

Assistant Professor of History
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Dr. Wayne Tan is an Assistant Professor of History in the department. Before joining the faculty in July 2016, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Dartmouth College. He is currently working on a book project, which explores the history of the blind and representations of blindness in Japan in a comparative perspective.

At Hope College, he will offer courses in world history, East Asian cultural history and the history of disability. In his teaching and research, he is passionate about seeking new intersections in the humanities, such as the medical humanities, to broaden conversations about the world we live in today. He is particularly interested in using disability as a window onto the social and material aspects of everyday life in premodern and modern societies. In his courses, he encourages students to think creatively through the analysis of texts, images and media and to discover for themselves surprising interconnections across cultures.

He welcomes the opportunity to work with students at Hope College.   


  • Japanese history
  • East Asian cultural history (Japan, China and Korea)
  • Disability studies
  • History of science and medicine
  • World history


  • Ph.D., Japanese history, Harvard University, 2015
  • B.A. (summa cum laude), linguistics modified with Russian, Dartmouth College, 2006


  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Dartmouth College, 2015–2016
  • Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Dissertation Completion Grant, 2014–2015
  • Kokugakuin University (Tokyo, Japan), Visiting Foreign Researcher Fellowship, 2012–2013
  • Certificates of distinction in teaching (Harvard University)
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Dr. Wayne Tan

Phone Number616.395.6867

Lubbers Hall 126 East 10th Street Holland, MI 49423
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