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Christian Bennett

Junior, Applied Mathematics

Christian is a senior in Kirkland House studying Applied Mathematics with a secondary in East Asian Studies. Hailing from Salt Lake City, UT, Christian has spent considerable time in Asia and has lived in both Shanghai and southern Taiwan, butRead More

Graham Chamness
Graham Chamness

Graham Chamness

Ph.D. Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Graham Chamness is working toward completing his dissertation. His research considers how literature shapes conceptions of belonging to a shared, common culture. Specifically he is examining the way the literati of fourth century China living in the south constructed anRead More

Guangchen Chen
Guangchen Chen

Guangchen Chen

Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative Literature

Guangchen Chen is a 6th year Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature finishing his dissertation entitled “Playing with Things: Collecting as a Materialistic Response to Modernity in China.” Conceptualizing collecting as a discursive thought process that disrupts and reconfigures literary andRead More

Heng Du
Heng Du

Heng Du

Ph.D. Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Heng Du is currently writing the last chapter of her dissertation, tentatively entitled, “Packaging Wisdom: In Search of Paratext in Early China.” In her research, she applies the concept of “paratext” to remap the evolution in early Chinese textual cultureRead More

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Naima Green

PhD, Government

Naima Green is a 2nd year doctoral student in Harvard's Government Department, where she focuses on international relations. Prior to beginning her PhD studies, she served for five years as a U.S. diplomat in Egypt and China. Naima received aRead More

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Yichen Guan

Ph.D. Candidate, Government

Yichen Guan is conducting research surrounding a central question: does minority education encourage ethnic minorities’ political participation in China? To address this question, she will conduct a survey and in-depth case studies in Xinjiang and Ningxia Provinces to investigate theRead More

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Jingkai He

Ph.D. Candidate, Government

Jingkai will be conducting a 9-month research project in China, as part of a cross-national study, to explain authoritarian regimes’ ability to manage domestic popular threats, which is a crucial factor in explaining the variation in authoritarian regimes’ durability. HeRead More

Jasmine Hu

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Comparative Literature

Jasmine Hu’s dissertation project surveys Chinese literary production from the events of the An Lushan Rebellion to the early Northern Song. She examines the emergence of what came to be known as the ci poetry genre, with particular attention toRead More

Xiaoqian Hu 胡小倩

S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School

Xiaoqian Hu is an SJD candidate at Harvard Law School. Her doctoral dissertation, "Property and Authority: A Legal-Anthropological Study of China's Great Rural Transformation," studies how Chinese rural citizens negotiate with local governments for access to land, government subsidies, andRead More

Rui Hua
Rui Hua

Rui Hua

Ph.D. Candidate, History and East Asian Languages

Rui Hua studies late imperial and modern Chinese history and, after numerous archival trips to Northeast China, is beginning to write his dissertation. HIs dissertation is tentatively entitled ”The Defiant Manchukuo: Sino-Russo-Japanese collaboration and the making of borderland political spacesRead More

Bing Huang 黃冰

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Bing Huang is a PhD candidate in History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. Her dissertation concerns the visual and material repercussions of China’s encounters with European scientific devices during the eighteenth century. It seeks to develop a discourseRead More

Rujing Huang 黃儒菁

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Music

Rujing Huang is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology working towards finishing her dissertation, tentatively entitled "Court Music Without a Court: Yayue Revival in Contemporary China." Drawing on extensive fieldwork and an interdisciplinary perspective, her project examines the 21st century revivalsRead More

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Janice Jia

Junior, Social Studies

Janice is a senior studying Social Studies and East Asian Studies, with a focus on urban studies and social inequality. The Fairbank Center and HCF has helped to fund her past three summers in China for volunteering, an internship, andRead More

Tyler Jost 江泰乐

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Government

Tyler Jost is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Tyler’s dissertation examines the design of domestic institutions that advise, coordinate and decide national security policy—such as national security and defense councils. Using original cross-national dataRead More

Lu Kou 寇陆

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Lu Kou is a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese literature finishing his dissertation entitled “Courtly Exchange and the Rhetoric of Legitimacy in Early Medieval China.” This project examines inter-court communication during the period of division (also known as the Northern andRead More

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Ziliang Liu

Ph.D. Candidate, History of Art and Architecture

Ziliang Liu is a third-year Ph.D. student at the department of History of Art and Architecture. His primary research interest is to explore the relationship between art and cosmology, particularly the concept of time during the Western Han Dynasty (206Read More

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Alex Ziliang Liu

PhD, East Asian Art

Ziliang Liu is a third-year Ph.D. student at the department of History of Art and Architecture. His primary research interest is to explore the relationship between art and cosmology, particularly the concept of time during the Western Han Dynasty (206Read More

Shuang Lu
Shuang Lu

Shuang Lu

Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology

Shuang Lu will be carrying out a one-year research project designed to collect data for her doctoral dissertation on Uber in China. Through a survey, participant observation, in-depth interviews, and social analysis she hopes to discover how Uber operates inRead More

Ian Maccormack
Ian Maccormack

Ian MacCormack

Ph.D. Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion

Ian MacCormack is a doctoral candidate in the Study of Religion specializing in religion in Tibet. His dissertation, entitled “Buddhism and Government in Seventeenth-Century Tibet,” studies the relationship between religion and politics in the formative decades of the Tibetan governmentRead More

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Jessica Min

Sophomore, Economics

Growing up Chinese in Australia, Jessica Min is interested in advancing regional cross-collaboration in the fast developing Asia-Pacific region. Being a junior concentrating in economics and environment science, she is fascinated by China's economic growth and transition to sustainable development,Read More

David Porter
David Porter

David Porter

Ph.D. Candidate, History and East Asian Languages

David Porter is completing his dissertation “Ethnic and Status Identity in Qing China: the Hanjun Eight Banners.” His research examines the interplay between ethnic and status identity in late imperial China, focusing on the Hanjun, the Han component of theRead More

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Will Sack

Junior, East Asian Studies & History

Will Sack is a Senior in Pforzheimer House, doing a joint A.B. in East Asian History. His favorite place he has lived in China is Changchun, which sparked an ever-growing curiosity for all things Manchuria.

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Marisa Salatino

Sophomore, East Asian Studies & Theater, Dance, and Media

Marisa Salatino (Class of 2018) minors in Economics and will be Harvard’s first double-major in East Asian Studies and Theater, Dance, and Media. She hopes these passions will continue to inform her pursuit of a career in media and internationalRead More

Stephen Turban
Stephen Turban

Stephen Turban

Junior, Statistics

Stephen Turban is a rising senior studying statistics at Harvard College. During his junior year of high school, Stephen lived in Taipei, Taiwan as an exchange student. Since then, he's fallen in love with studying and speaking Chinese - winningRead More

Nathan Vedal
Nathan Vedal

Nathan Vedal

Ph.D. Candidate, History and East Asian Languages

Nathan Vedal will be writing his dissertation, “Scholarly Culture in 16th and 17th Century China.” This project explores the formation of scholarly fields in late imperial China through a study of the fusion of cosmology, literary pursuits, and Neo-Confucianism withRead More

Xin Wen
Xin Wen

Xin Wen

Ph.D. Candidate, Inner Asian and Altaic Studies

Xin Wen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies and is working on a trans-regional history project for his dissertation, entitled “Fragmentary Mobility: The ‘Silk Road’ after the Age of Empire (850-1000)”. In it,Read More

Miya Qiong Xie
Miya Qiong Xie

Miya Qiong Xie

Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative Literature

Miya Qiong Xie will be writing her dissertation, “The Literary Territerialization of Manchuria: Spatial Imagination and Modern Identities in Chinese and East Asian Literature.” This project considers literary writings in and about Manchuria (northeastern China) by mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, JapaneseRead More

Lei Ying 應磊

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

YING Lei is a Ph.D. candidate in modern Chinese literature and Presidential Scholar. Her work explores the nexus between Buddhism and modern Chinese literary and intellectual history. Her dissertation, “Our Shared Karma: Buddhism, Literature, and the Modern Chinese Revolution,” isRead More

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Charlie Zhang

Junior, Economics

Charlie Zhang is a senior in Pforzheimer House studying Economics and East Asian Studies. When not reading about China's political economy or learning about the origin of Chinese proverbs, he spends his time as a coxswain on the lightweight crewRead More

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