Graduate Student Associates

He Bian

He Bian

PhD Candidate, History of Science

He Bian will be writing her dissertation, "Singular Natures: Pharmacology and Society in China, 1600-1800." She uses Ming-Qing materia medica books, local gazetteers and early pharmacy inventory lists to examine how new trends in natural philosophical inquiry are entangled with commodification of pharmaceuticals during the late imperial period. Her faculty advisor is Professor Shigehisa Kuriyama.

Tarryn Li-Min Chun

Tarryn Li-Min Chun

PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Tarryn Li-Min Chun will be researching and writing her dissertation project, “Performance Technologies and the Theatrical Production of Chinese Modernity,” which explores the interrelation of technology, theatricality, and modernity in 20th–21st century China.

Devin Fitzgerald

Devin Fitzgerald

PhD Candidate, History and East Asian Languages

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.

Ariel Fox

Ariel Fox

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.

Satoru Hashimoto

Satoru Hashimoto

PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Satoru Hashimoto works on comparative East Asian literature. His dissertation, "Orphaned Specters: The Afterlives of the Trans-Regional Literary Tradition in Modern East Asian Literatures, 1880s-1940s" examines the polyphonic engagement of modern Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese writers with the region’s transnational literary tradition, which ceased to be transmitted as the literary culture became nationalized in the course of modernization. His faculty advisor is Professor David Der-wei Wang.

Macabe Keliher

Macabe Keliher

PhD Candidate, History and East Asian Languages

Macabe works on the formation of the Qing state in the mid-seventeenth century. His dissertation, "The Board of Rites and the Making of Qing China," argues that rites and the Board of Rites constructed the Qing socio-political order by defining the role of the emperor, stratifying the aristocracy and bureaucracy, and centralizing the military. His faculty advisor is Professor Mark Elliott.

John Kim

John Kim

PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature

John Kim will be finishing his dissertation on The Poetics of Diagram, which examines the diagram as an intercultural mode of inscription, bridging the history of science and literary theory, East and West. His faculty advisor is Professor Karen Thornber.

Eric Schluessel

Eric Schluessel

PhD Candidate, History and East Asian Languages

Eric Schluessel will be researching and writing his dissertation "The Muslim Emperor of China: Everyday Encounter in Law and Ritual in Xinjiang, 1877-1933." His work brings sources in Chinese, Turkic, and other languages into dialogue in order to explore modes of routine interaction and the negotiation of relationships across communities. His faculty advisor is Professor Mark Elliott.

Nick R. Smith

Nick R. Smith

PhD Candidate, Urban Planning and Design

Nick Smith was recently a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford China Centre. Prior to that, he was conducting ethnographic research in Chongqing, China. His dissertation, entitled "Urban Furnace: The Making of a Chinese City," explores the rapid transformation of a peri-urban village and its implications for urban-rural planning and policy in China. His faculty advisor is Professor Eve Blau.

Xiaosu Sun (孫曉蘇)

Xiaosu Sun (孫曉蘇)

PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Xiaosu Sun is a 2nd year GSA. Xiaosu will be working on her dissertation on performance literature of late imperial China. She will be returning from summer research in China, during which she collected materials on performances of baojuan (precious scrolls) in the Wu dialects speaking areas. Her faculty advisor is Professor Wilt Idema.

Qiaomei Tang

Qiaomei Tang

PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Qiaomei Tang's dissertation revolves around women’s divorce in early medieval (3rd – 7th centuries) Chinese society. Through a thorough examination of divorce, an aspect in a woman’s life that was represented in historical, legal, ritual, and literary writings, her dissertation aims to explore issues such as representation, perception, identity, gender and genre.

Xiaoxuan Wang

Xiaoxuan Wang

PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Xiaoxuan Wang is a 2nd year GSA. With his dissertation “Saving Deities for the Communities: Religion and Reconfiguration of Rural Order in Southern Zhejiang, 1949-2000,” Xiaoxuan aims to examine the restructuring of social order in rural China during the PRC through the analysis of the trajectories of different religious traditions and the various ways they reinvented themselves.

Kwanghoon Yu

Kwanghoon Yu

PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Kwanghoon Yu is a 2nd year GSA. Making use of both Persian and Chinese-language materials, Kwanghoon will complete his dissertation “The Military System of Mongol Empire in Yuan China and Ilkhanid Iran.” His research compares Yuan Chinese military institutions with those of the concurrent Ilkhanid regime in Persia. His faculty advisor is Professor Mark Elliott.