Dr PETRULIS, Jason   
Assistant Professor
Department of Literature and Cultural Studies
Phone No: (852) 2948 8330
Email: petrulis@eduhk.hk
(852) 2948 8330
Professional 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.

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.

Prizes and awards

Early Career Scheme Award

Date of receipt: 1/1/2022, Conferred by: Research Grants Council (Hong Kong)
Start-up Research Grant for Newly Recruited Assistant Professors
Grant for research on global/transnational history of US expedition to Japan, and its impact across Asia and the globe.
Date of receipt: /9/2020, Conferred by: EdUHK
InterAsian Contexts and Connections Short-term Residency Grant
Short-term grant for sustained research on “Wig: The Global History of a Cold War Commodity”; conducted in Hong Kong in Summer 2020 due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
Date of receipt: /5/2020, Conferred by: Social Science Research Council