Welcome to our new faculty, visiting scholars, fellows, associates in research, and graduate students for the 2020-2021 academic year!

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellows

Historically, An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowships have supported junior scholars in any discipline. Postdoctoral fellows are chosen through a competitive selection process. They spend one year at the Fairbank Center working on either a book manuscript or articles. In addition, they deliver research presentations to the Fairbank Center community.



Peter Braden 何樹斌

University of California, San Diego

Peter Braden received his Ph.D. in History (Modern China) from University of California, San Diego. His dissertation “Serve the People: Bovine Experiences in China’s Civil War and Revolution, 1935-1961” examines how cattle, water buffalo, and yaks experienced the profound transformations in Chinese society during mid-20th century. Research Interests: environmental history; economic development.


Poyao Huang 黃柏堯

University of California, San Diego

Poyao Huang received his Ph.D. in Communication and Science Studies from University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on the contemporary gay man’s sexual health and embodied engagement with medicine in the inter-Asian context. Research Interests: STS (intersection of science and technology studies); medical anthropology; media studies.


Audrye Wong 黄韵琪

Princeton University

Audrye Wong received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Security Studies. She will be adapting her dissertation, “Crafting Payoffs: Strategies and Effectiveness of Economic Statecraft,” into a book while at the Fairbank Center. Her research focuses on how economic tools can be used to achieve foreign policy outcomes. Research Interests: China’s Foreign Policy, International Security, Economic Statecraft, Foreign Influence Activities.


Hou Family Fellows in Taiwan Studies

The Hou Family Fellowship for Taiwan Studies annually sponsors scholars as visiting fellows at the Fairbank Center to pursue Taiwan-related research.

Luo, Kevin 羅巍

University of Toronto

Kevin Luo received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His research focuses on large state-building led by authoritarian regimes and their legacies on authoritarian institutions, with an emphasis on Taiwan, China, and East Asia.


Cheng, Yi-Yang 鄭奕揚

University of California, Santa Barbara

Yi-Yang Cheng is a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on the Austronesian languages of Taiwan (also known as Formosan languages). His current project examines voice constructions in Kanakanavu, a critically endangered indigenous language spoken in the Namasia District of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

New Faculty

The Fairbank Center invites faculty members at Harvard University who work on China to advise and support the Center’s research and strategic planning.


David Y. Yang 杨宇凡

Department of Economics, Harvard University

David Yang is an Assistant Professor of Economics. His research focuses on political economy, behavioral and experimental economics, economic history, and cultural economics. In particular, David studies the forces of stability and forces of changes in authoritarian regimes, drawing lessons from historical and contemporary China. 

Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars hail from across the world with a commitment to furthering research on Chinese Studies.



Heng Du 杜恆

University of Arizona, Assistant Professor

Heng Du is an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. She is a book historian specializing in the study of Early China. At the Fairbank Center, she will be focusing on her current book project entitled In Eternal Lines to Time: The Ontology of Texts in Early China, which reexamines the transformations in textual and literary practices during the formation of early empires.


Xiaotong Feng 冯小桐

Communication University of China, Ph.D. Candidate

Xiaotong Feng is a Ph.D. Candidate from the Communication University of China. His research focuses on the rural history of modern China, specifically how the Chinese people acted as agents of their own history. At Fairbank Center, he will be working on a project that asks “how do ordinary people in modern China (after 1949) perceive their society?”


Zhanjun Gao 高占军

Department of Economics, Harvard University Visiting Scholar

Zhanjun Gao was a visiting scholar in the Department of Economics during 2019-2020 academic year. This year, he will be joining Fairbank Center to further his research in China’s economic policies. Specially, he aims to address China’s financial stability issue.


Nurlan Kenzheakhmet 努尔兰·肯加哈买提

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Professor

Nurlan Kenzheakhmet is Professor of History, Archeology and Ethnology at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. His research focuses on archaeology and history of Central Asia. At Fairbank Center, he will be working on European-Chinese imperial maps and gazetteers related to the Qazaq Khanate and its adjacent regions in 17th to 19th centuries.


Berna Kirkulak Uludag

Dokuz Eylül University, Professor

Berna Kirkulak Uludag is Professor of International Business and Trade at Dokuz Eylül University and a Fulbright Fellow. Her research addresses the emerging markets in the Chinese economy, with a focus on the impact of financial development on China’s environmental degradation.


Li Li 李莉

China University of Political Science and Law, Associate Professor

Li Li is Associate Professor at China University of Political Science and Law. Her research addresses the issues of anticorruption and political trust in contemporary China and asks how and why the link between anticorruption and trust happens.


Qingcheng Li 李庆成

Sichuan Normal University, Associate Professor

Qingcheng Li is Associate Professor at School of History and Tourism in Sichuan Normal University. His research focuses on U.S.-China relations and U.S.-Taiwan relations during the cold war period, in particular the interaction between Washington., Beijing, and Taipei during 1970s.


Xiaoxuan Li 李曉軒

Harvard University, Ph.D. Graduate

Xiaoxuan Li holds a Ph.D. from Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Her dissertation is entitled “The Fallible Body in Early Medieval China.” At Fairbank Center, she will investigate the evolving relationship between corporeal distress and textual legitimacy from pre-Han writings through the Tang.


Yi-fang Liao 廖宜方

Academia Sinica, Associate Research Fellow

Yi-fang Liao is Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of History and Philology in Academia Sinica. His latest book examines the formation of emperor worship in imperial China.


Yi-Tang Lin 林意唐

Swiss National Science Foundation Post-doctoral fellow, University of Geneva

Yi-Tang Lin is a post-doctoral fellow of modern Chinese history. Her research focuses on international organizations’ activities in China during the 20th century. At the Fairbank Center, she will be working on the project “The Rockefeller Foundation’s Chinese Biology Fellows and the Different Roads to Agricultural Modernization in 20th-century China.”


Tsungjen Shih 施琮仁

National Chengchi University, Associate Professor

Tsungjen Shih is Associate Professor at National Chengchi University. Drawing theories from social psychology and political science, his research addresses the public opinion on social issues in Taiwan, such as, climate change and nanotechnology. Specifically, he focuses on how social media, interpersonal discussion, and individual values shape the public perception of these social issues.


Austin Strange 郝思诚

Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong

Austin Strange is an assistant professor of international relations at the University of Hong Kong. During 2021 he is also a fellow in the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard’s Department of Government. His research examines historical and contemporary Chinese foreign policy, with a particular focus on foreign economic policies and China’s relations with developing countries.


Dylan Suher 蘇和

Hong Kong University, Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities

Dylan Suher is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at the University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on contemporary Chinese literature, media ecologies, and ideologies of popular culture. At Fairbank Center, he will be working on his book project, which examines how postsocialist Chinese writers used media technologies to express their anxieties and aspirations at a time of crisis for the institutions of Chinese literature.


Bingxue Wang 王冰雪

Communication University of Zhejiang, Associate Professor

Bingxue Wang is Associate Professor at Communication University of Zhejiang. Her research focuses on film history and cultural production in contemporary China. At Fairbank Center, she will be working on the project “The Change of Narrative Space and the Memory of Times about City Films in New China (1949-2020).”


Maosong Wu 吴茂松

Keio University, Associate Professor

Maosong Wu is Associate Professor at Keio University. His research examines the development of political modernization in East Asia. At Fairbank Center, he will be working on a project on the Weiquan (protection of rights) movement and its significance in the political modernization of China.


Qun Xie 解群

Shanghai University of Electric Power, Professor 

Qun Xie is Professor at Shanghai University of Electric Power. Her research focuses on education policy and administration in China. Her current research project is a comparative study on the higher education system in China and the United States.


Jiaru Zhan 詹佳如

East China University of Political Science and Law, Associate Professor

Jiaru Zhan is Associate Professor at East China University of Political Science and Law. Her research focuses on the interplay of news and social communication network in modern China. Her current research project examines the newspaper reading practice in Shanghai during 1950s.


Xiongfei Zheng 郑雄飞

Beijing Normal University, Professor

Xiongfei Zheng is Professor at Beijing Normal University. His research focuses on the urbanization and land rights in contemporary China. At Fairbank Center, he will be working on a project that asks “how to build up cooperative governance between urban residents, rural migrants, and governments during urbanization in China.”


Graduate Student Associates

Graduate Student Associates are advanced doctoral students at Harvard who research China and are affiliated with the Center during one year of their dissertation research and writing. 



Sarah Bramao-Ramos 潘心潔

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

Sarah Bramao-Ramos’s dissertation project, tentatively titled “The Task of the Manchu Translator”, examines the practice and culture of translating from Chinese into Manchu in Qing China (1636-1911). She is also one of the hosts of the New Books in East Asian Studies podcast, where she interviews authors about their new books.


Yuan-Heng Mao 毛元亨

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

Yuan-Heng Mao’s dissertation project examines the formation and transformation of Jiangxi literati networks and their ideas of state and local society throughout the Yuan (1271-1368) and Ming (1368-1644) dynasties, with a particular interest in central Jiangxi.


Saul Wilson 孙睿

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Government

Saul Wilson’s dissertation is on the politics of urban development in Chinese municipalities. His research seeks to understand how urban development became a question of distributive politics and how different Chinese locales developed different models of distributive politics.


Mengdie Zhao 趙夢蝶

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

Mengdie Zhao’s dissertation “Shades of Justice: Imagining Law and Legal Culture in Late Imperial Chinese Literature” examines the popular critiques of law and justice in literature and drama from the 16th century to the early 20th century in China. She will be drawing evidence from short stories, performative texts, novels, judicial commentaries, and case records, all of which engaged with the legal system and concepts of justice.

Shum Fellows

The Desmond and Whitney Shum Fellowship supports Harvard graduate students undertaking social science research projects in China.

Desmond and Whitney Shum 研究基金支持哈佛大學研究生在中國進行社會科學的研究項目。


Josh Freedman

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Government

Josh Freedman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard. His research focuses on technocracy, bureaucracy, and the politics of science and expertise in contemporary China. Before coming to Harvard, he lived and worked in Beijing and in Washington DC, researching and writing about social and economic policy issues in both China and the United States.


Jongsik Christian Yi 李钟湜

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of the History of Science

Jongsik Christian Yi has been awarded the Desmond and Whitney Shum Fellowship to conduct field research in Beijing and Lanzhou for his dissertation project on the history of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM, 中兽医) in the Maoist period. Yi will do not only archival work in local archives and libraries but also ethnographic work with former folk and barefoot veterinarians (民间兽医 and 赤脚兽医 respectively).

Associates in Research

The Center’s Associates in Research are China Studies scholars who come to Harvard to use Center resources and participate in Center activities. The work of the affiliates covers a wide range of fields, including anthropology, religion, political science, economics, history, and literature. Together with the Center’s Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows, the Associates in Research create a lively community for interdisciplinary exchange.



Anu Anwar 安努

Fellow, Harvard Asia Center 

Anu Anwar is a fellow at the Harvard Asia Center. His research focuses on the geopolitical implications of infrastructure financing in Asia and its connection with China. At Fairbank Center, he will be working on the project “bridging the infrastructure deficit in South Asia: the role of BRI and FOIP.”


Karen Christensen沈凯伦

Berkshire Publishing Group, CEO

Karen Christensen is CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group. Her research examines human bonding and conflict resolution in Chinese history, with a focus on contemporary politics/business and female leadership. She is especially interested in “dragon ladies” and in understanding the challenges facing young Chinese professional women.


Jian Hao 郝建

Beijing Film Academy, Professor

Jian Hao is a Professor at the Beijing Film Academy, as well as a film critic and screenwriter. His publications address Chinese independent and genre films in Hong Kong and Hollywood. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Chinese edition and BBC Chinese News, and a regular participant at New York University’s “Reel China @NYU Film Biennial,” which screens independent films from China that cannot be screened on the Mainland.


Lucy Hornby 韩碧如

Independent Scholar

Lucy Hornby is an award-winning foreign correspondent, reporting from Asia for many years for the Financial Times, Reuters and Dow Jones. She was a 2020 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. At Fairbank Center, she will be writing a book about the rise of Xi Jinping and the revival of the state-led system during China’s reform era.


Lisong Liu 刘立松

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Professor

Lisong Liu is Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His research focuses on the Chinese diaspora, Chinese American history, and U.S.-China relations. At Fairbank Center, he will be working on projects about Chinese migration politics after the first Opium War and Chinese American history in the Greater Boston area.


Zhangrun Xu 许章润

Independent Scholar

Zhangrun Xu was, until recently, a Professor at Tsinghua University School of Law and is the founding director of the Tsinghua Centre for Legal Theory and Political Philosophy as well as the founding editor-in-chief of Tsinghua Law Journal. His teaching and research focus on legal theory and political philosophy, in particular historical jurisprudence and liberal nationalism from the perspective of republicanism.


Zhang, Dewen

Randolph-Macon College, Assistant Professor

Dewen Zhang is Assistant Professor at Randolph-Macon College. Her research focuses on womanhood in 20th century China and the intersection of gender, mass mobilization, and World War II. Her current book project investigates rural nursing and socialist state building in China from 1949 to 1989.

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