Susan Mays

Other facultyPhD and MA, Columbia and Harvard




East Asia; China; economic & technological development; global economic history


Current positions: Faculty, Collge of Liberal Arts (East Asia/China focus); Faculty Fellow at Peking University in China

Susan Mays' primary focus is Asian economic history and global history.  Her interdisciplinary research centers on China's economy, East Asia, global economic and technolgical development, and professional mobility.  Her recent projects have addressed high technology sectors in East Asia, particularly China, including how globalized trade, investment, and supply chains influence organizational change and human capital development.  As an economic historian, she is concerned with macro-economic trends and trends in business, technology, and human resources.  


  • Global Economies: Asia and the US (upcoming)
  • China's Economy
  • Globalization and Professional Mobility
  • Asian American History

In her most recent study, Dr. Mays examined how formerly state-dominated industries in China have evolved over the past 20 years to now include an array of organizational forms including private firms, joint ventures, and foreign firms, as well as state-owned and state-invested firms.  Her study "Rapid Advance: High Technology in China in the Global Electronic Age" (2013) examines how the semiconductor industry in China evolved from a being a state-owned and technologically-backward industry in the late 1980s to being an important contributor in the global semiconductor industry post-2000.  This study captures China's domestic economic reforms as well as its ever-increasing global integration.

Susan Mays holds a PhD from Columbia University in Global Economic History (Asia/China focus), an MA from Harvard University in East Asian Studies (China focus), an MS from Stanford in Engineering-Economic Systems, and a BS from Purdue in Industrial Engineering.  Prior to UT, she was at Columbia University in New York City where she was a recipient of the five-year Hofstadter Fellowship as well as a Weatherhead Fellowship, among other grants and fellowships.  Prior to academia, Dr. Mays worked in business and technology with Fortune 500 companies, initially as an engineer and later as a managment consultant with A.T.Kearney.  During that time, much of her work centered on the global supply chains of electronics-related companies.  Susan Mays first traveled to China in 1993, and since 1999, her work has been primarily focused on China and East Asia, including periods of living and working in China.  Along with scholarly work, she continues to consult with businesses and other organizations through M~Stone Advisory.  

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