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
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.
Adrienne Fitzgerald earned her bachelor's degreein art history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before coming to Harvard, she taught English at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi'an, China. As staff assistant, she supports the Director, Associate Director, and the Center's many associates.
Research interests: Chinese archaeology; Exlitou and Shang cultures; contact between China and Eurasian steppe populations ca 2000 B.C.E; visual syntax in Neolithic painted 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.
Research interests: Qing dynasty popular religious sects; state and religion; White Lotus sects; White Lotus uprising; Chinese biographical database; "Prophets and Pretenders: Religious Sects and the State in Mid-Qing China"