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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

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

William French

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

William French studies ancient Chinese texts, investigating how they were read in antiquity and what this tells us about early modes of thought. In his dissertation, William examines the quotation of authoritative or canonical texts (such as the Book ofRead 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 PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology working towards completing her dissertation. Her work examines the hitherto unstudied, twenty-first century revivals of yayue, ritual music historically performed in the courts of ancient and imperial China. It explores how theRead 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

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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