Dr PETRULIS, Jason   
Assistant Professor
Department of Literature and Cultural Studies
Phone No: (852) 2948 8330
Email: petrulis@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0002-2704-1422
Phone
(852) 2948 8330
Email
petrulis@eduhk.hk
Address
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong
Personal Profile

Dr. Jason Petrulis is an Assistant Professor in Global History whose research and teaching focus on Asia-US relations.

He received his PhD, MPhil, and MA from Columbia University, and his BA from Harvard University. He is a historian of global capitalism, broadly conceived, whose book in progress, Wig: A Global History, 1958-1979, uses a curious commodity as a “lens” on Asian industrialization. Wig draws on archival, library, and field research at sites ranging from India and Hong Kong to the US and Singapore. An article based on this research, “ ‘A Country of Hair’: A Global Story of South Korean Wigs, Korean American Entrepreneurs, African American Hairstyles, and Cold War Industrialization,” was published in Enterprise & Society,

“A Country of Hair” was awarded the Philip Scranton “Best Article” prize and also received an honorable mention for the Mira Wilkins prize for best article in international/comparative history, both from the Business History Conference.

Dr. Petrulis’s interests also include Taiwanese flour sack underwear, Black sailors and Blackness on the Perry expedition to Japan, 19th-century students of color at US universities, World War II advertising and propaganda, and digital and public humanities.

Selected Output

Journal Publications

Conference Papers
Refereed conference paper
PETRULIS, Jason. 2022. Moving wigs through Kai Tak: The hairy story of a global commodity network in 1960s-70s Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 2022 Annual Conference of the Society for Hong Kong Studies, Hong Kong: Society for Hong Kong Studies.
PETRULIS, Jason. 2022. Exhuming the Histories of Black Students in Antebellum Northern Universities. Paper presented at 2022 Annual Conference, African American Intellectual History Society, Las Vegas, USA: African American Intellectual History Society.

Project

Wig: The Global History of a Cold War Commodity, 1958-1979

Project Start Year: 2022, Principal Investigator(s): PETRULIS, Jason null
 
Prizes and awards

Mira Wilkins Prize in International and Comparative Business History, Honorable Mention
Awarded honorable mention for Mira Wilkins Prize from Business History Conference. For best article pertaining to international and comparative business history. Awarded for article published in _Enterprise & Society_ (June 2021), " 'A Country of Hair': A Global Story of South Korean Wigs, Korean American Entrepreneurs, African American Hairstyles, and Cold War Industrialization." The Business History Conference is the leading organization for business historians/historians of capitalism.
Date of receipt: 9/4/2022, Conferred by: Business History Conference
 
Philip Scranton Best Article Prize
Awarded Philip Scranton Best Article Prize from Business History Conference. For best article in business history. Awarded for article published in _Enterprise & Society_ (June 2021), " 'A Country of Hair': A Global Story of South Korean Wigs, Korean American Entrepreneurs, African American Hairstyles, and Cold War Industrialization." The Business History Conference is the leading organization for business historians/historians of capitalism.
Date of receipt: 9/4/2022, Conferred by: Business History Conference