MemberCovell Meyskens


Mao’s Third Front: The Militarization of Cold War China (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Covell Meyskens. “Chinese Views of the Nuclear Endgame in North Korea.” Nonprol…

I am a historian of twentieth century China with particular interests in industrialization, revolution, and experiences and memories of war. In 2015, I received my PhD in History from the University of Chicago and then became an assistant professor in the department of National Security Affairs at the US Naval Postgraduate School. My first book is titled Mao’s Third Front: The Militarization of Cold War China. It examines how the Chinese Communist Party industrialized inland regions in order to protect socialist China from American and Soviet threats. I am currently working on two book projects. The first one – The Three Gorges Dam: Building a Hydraulic Engine for China – analyzes state-led efforts to transform China’s Three Gorges region into a hydraulic engine to power national development.  I am also in the process of researching a third book project tentatively titled, The People’s Army: A Social and Cultural History of the Military in China, 1927- present. My research has been supported by the Fulbright International Institute of Education, the Fulbright-Hays Commission, and the University of Chicago.

MemberLu Liu

April 15, 2019. “Away/With the Pest: Biosocial Abjection and Subject Formation in Modern China.” Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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…#8220;Away/With the Pest: Hygienic Visuality and Narrations of the Interspecies Encounter in Modern China.”

Future research project 1: Media Archaeology of the Body

Future research project…
…dy of Visual Cultures, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. English Literature, Peking University, China
B.A. English Literature, Peking University, China…

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UW-Madison and 2018-2019 Dana-Allen dissertation fellow in the university’s Institute for Research in the Humanities. My dissertation, “Away/With the Pest: Hygienic Visuality and Narrations of the Interspecies Encounter in Modern China,” examines how modern China’s historical subject in collective forms is imagined with, through, and against the figure of the pest. Exploring literary, scientific, and ideological storytelling of the pest such as microbes, insects, and rats, I consider the dynamic human-pest relationship as an underlying force that structures modern China’s volatile biosocial relations.

MemberGregory Scott

…erican Academy of Religion
Co-chair, Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China Seminar of the AAR
Member, Society for the Study of Chinese Religions
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Ph.D. Dissertation: “Conversion by the Book: Buddhist Print Culture in Early Republican China”

Academia Sinica 中央研究院
Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Modern History…
…Hammerstrom, “Revisiting the Revival: Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China,” Studies in Chinese Religions 3.3 (Sept. 2017): 197-203.

“Buddhist Building and the Bu…

I am a historian whose work focuses on religion in modern China, especially Buddhism.

MemberHaiyan Lee

Haiyan Lee is a professor of Chinese and comparative literature at Stanford University. She is the author of Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950 (Stanford University Press, 2007), winner of the 2009 Joseph Levenson Prize (post-1900 China) from the Association for Asian Studies, and The Stranger and the Chinese Moral Imagination (Stanford University Press, 2014). In 2015-16, she was a Frederick Burkhardt Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences where she began research on a new project on Chinese visions of justice at the intersection of narrative, law, and ethics.

MemberLik Hang Tsui

Lik Hang Tsui holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Peking University and a doctoral degree in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. Before joining City University of Hong Kong, he worked as a Departmental Lecturer at the University of Oxford and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University with the China Biographical Database (CBDB). He has also held visiting appointments and fellowships at Academia Sinica, Peking University, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. He specializes in middle period Chinese history and culture, as well as the digital humanities. He is currently writing a book on Song dynasty epistolary culture and planning another one on digital humanities in China.

MemberDiana King

Diana King holds a PhD in French and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She specializes in cultural, political, and intellectual exchanges between France and China, transnational literature, and modern Chinese history. Her current book project, “Translating Revolution in Twentieth-Century China and France,” examines how French and Chinese writers interpreted each other’s revolutions during key moments of political crisis and change, and contends that translation served as a key site of knowledge production, shaping the formulation of various political and cultural projects from constructing a Chinese national identity to articulating women’s rights to thinking about radical emancipation in an era of decolonization. An instructor of French at Columbia, she resides in Brooklyn, New York.  

MemberSophie Couchman

Sophie is a curator and public historian. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University and an Honorary Research Associate at Museums Victoria. She is interested in the place of migrants in Australia’s history and has researched and published in the field of Chinese-Australian history for many years. She has just completed work at Museums Victoria as exhibition curator on ‘British Migrants: Instant Australians?’, a travelling exhibition exploring British migration to Australia after World War II and its significance today. Sophie has a particular interest in the creation and circulation of visual representations and how they shape our understandings of Australia’s past. She developed the Chinese Australian Historical Images in Australia website ( as part of the completion of her doctorate. She is currently working on a joint project between La Trobe University and Museums Victoria, ‘The Camera at Work’, which explores how changes in photographic technologies and practices transformed the visual documentation of factory life in Melbourne, 1870s through to the present day. While Curator at the Chinese Museum in Melbourne Sophie led a number of notable projects including ‘Language, A Key to Survival: Cantonese-English Phrasebooks in Australia’, which won a Museums & Galleries National Award for ‘Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement’ in 2014. She also led the development of ‘Chungking Legation: Australia’s diplomatic mission in wartime China’ exhibition and book in 2015 and in 2014 the tour to six locations in China of ‘Bridge of Memories: Exploring identity, diversity, community — An Australian touring exhibition in China’.