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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 a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese Literature in his final year. He is working toward completing his final dissertation chapter. His research considers how literature shapes conceptions of belonging to a shared, common culture. Specifically he is examiningRead 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 two chapters 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 textualRead 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

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

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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

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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 a Ph.D. candidate currently working toward the completion of 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, focusingRead 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

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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

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

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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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