Mark Dallas is assistant professor of political science and Asian studies at Union College, New York. He received his PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2010. His book project examines the influence of the fragmentation of global production and regional production networks on development in China through a close historical examination of particular industries.
Iza Ding's project is "Environmental Governance in Chinese Counties: State, Society, and Capital." She examines varying local environmental enforcement practices and their economic and institutional determinants. She will be conducting fieldwork in Zhejiang and Guizhou provinces to investigate two guiding questions: What determines who controls environmental policy in a Chinese county, and how do local decision-making structures affect environmental policy outcomes? Her faculty advisor is Elizabeth Perry.
Research interests: China defense and foreign policy; China maritime and aerospace technology development, history and current status; China energy, resources, and geostrategy; Sino-American relations and contemporary policy issues
Adrienne Fitzgerald oversees special projects and digital media development, including web design, content marketing, and print production support. She also coordinates administrative operations and provides calendar assistance for Professor Mark C. Elliott during the 2013-14 academic year.
Devin Fitzgerald will begin research for his dissertation "News in the Making of Early Modern China: The Ming-Qing Conflict in Global Information Networks." His work uses news, correspondence, contemporary propaganda, and government reports written in Inner Asian, East Asian, and European languages to chart changing perceptions of "China" before and after the Manchu invasion.
Research interests: Chinese archaeology; Erlitou and Shang cultures; contact between China and Eurasian steppe populations ca 2000 B.C.E; visual syntax in Neolithic painted pottery designs and Shang bronze decor
Research interests: emergence and development of complex society in the late Neolithic period and the Bronze Age in China; diachronic change in production processes; intersection between ritual activity and production; the role of animals in early Chinese society - particularly their use in sacrifice and divination; and processes involved in social change in general.
PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Ariel Fox is a 2nd year GSA. Her dissertation, "Southern Capital: Staging Commerce in Seventeenth-Century Suzhou," examines commerce as both a theme and an underlying structure of late Ming and early Qing drama. Her faculty advisor is Professor Wai-yee Li.