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Lady Jane Acquah

Graduate student

LJANE26@GMAIL.COM

Education: B.A. (HONS) HISTORY; MPHIL (HISTORY), UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST, GHANA

Interests: Research interests are Ghanaian politics, Islam in Africa and the Diaspora, and Gender in the Muslim world.

Ahmad Agbaria

Graduate student

agbaria@utexas.edu

Interests: History of Arab Universities and printing press in the Middle East, the rise of secular movements in the Levant and Tunisia in post-1967.

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Chukwuemeka Agbo

Graduate student

chukwuemekacagbo@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., History and International Studies, University of Nigeria

Interests: African History, Diaspora Studies, Conflict Studies and Historiography.

Andrew Akhlaghi

Graduate student

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Mardin Aminpour

Graduate student

mardincan@gmail.com |
5126530612

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

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Sara Auclair

Graduate student

srauclair@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. History & Spanish (2014), The University of Akron

Interests: Latin American History, Gender and Sexuality, Race and Ethnicity, Social Movements

Christopher Babits

Graduate student

chris.babits@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. & M.A., Clark University

Interests: American masculinities; gender and sexuality; slavery and abolition; history of psychology; educational history, policy, and reform; historical teaching methods

Kevin Baker

Graduate student

kpb478@utexas.edu |
Prufrocks

Interests: 19th & 20th Century Germany, First World War, History of Everyday Life, Advertising and Consumption, National Identity in the German-Polish Borderlands, Visual Culture, Memory

Mark Battjes

Graduate student

markbattjes@gmail.com

Education: B.S. Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude), University of Southern California; M.S. Management, University of Maryland, University College; M.M.A.S. US Army Command and General Staff College

Interests: U.S. Diplomatic History in the Cold War Era; Vietnam War; History of National Security Policy; History of War; End of Empire.

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Abikal Borah

Graduate student

aborah@utexas.edu |
BEL 212 N

Education: MA (History), The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: 19th and 20th Century Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa and the Indian Ocean Realm, Global and Transnational History, History of Migration, History of Violence, Postcolonial Theory

Courtney Broderick

Graduate student

Interests: Mexican American history, Texas history, modern American immigration history, Southwestern United States history, intersections of race, ethnicity and gender

John Carranza

Graduate student

jcarranz@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in World History, University of Texas at San Antonio

Interests: History of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Disability History; Culture and Consumption; United States History; Texas History

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Stefanie Carter

Graduate student

stefaniecarter@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Converse College, SC

Interests: Social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Great Britain and Ireland, particularly in regards to class and labor; European empires; Renaissance and Reformation.

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Sandy Chang

Graduate student

sandy.chang@utexas.edu |
Caffe Medici

Education: M.A. History, The University of British Columbia

Interests: British Empire; Colonial South & Southeast Asia; Chinese Diaspora; Gender and Sexuality; Inter-Asia Mobilities and Connections

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Shery Chanis

Ph.D. Candidate

schanis@utexas.edu |
BEL 212Q

Education: M.A. (History), University of South Florida

Interests: Early Modern Europe, Late Imperial China, Sino-European Exchanges, History of Cartography, Jesuits, Global History

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Natalie Cincotta

Graduate student

ncincotta@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. (Hons) in History, Northern Illinois University

Interests: 20th Century Germany; Visual Culture; Second World War; Holocaust Studies; Cultural Memory

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Anelise Coelho

Graduate student

suzaneanelise@gmail.com

Education: M.A. in History and Political Cultures, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)

Interests: Central American history, Cold War, War on Drugs, diplomatic history, and U.S. Latin America Foreign Relations

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Geoffrey Connor

Graduate student

geoff@geoffconnor.com |
512-426-9320

Education: JD, University of Texas Law School

Interests: American diplomatic, foreign policy and national security history; British history; intelligence studies;

Ronald Davis

Graduate student

ronwdavis2@utexas.edu

Interests: 18th & 19th Century American Slavery, Slavery in Texas, Maroon Communities in Texas and Colombia, Gender and Masculinity

Juan Carlos De Orellana

Graduate student

jdeorellana@gmail.com

Interests: Latin America Colonial History, Peruvian History, Mexican History, Atlantic History, Spanish Empire, Cultural History, Political History, Social History. Political Culture of the 16th - 19th century

Ahmed Deidan De La Tor

Graduate student

adeidelatorre@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. (Honors) in History, UCLA

Interests: Latin American Colonial History, Latin American 19th Century, Atlantic History. Political Culture. History of the Spanish Empire. Ecuadorian History, Mexican History, Argentine History, Gran Colombian History. Conceptual History, Cultural History, Political History, Social History.

Augusta Dell'Omo

Graduate student

adellomo@utexas.com

Interests: U.S. Foreign Policy, Cold War, History of War, National Security Policy, War and Society

Marcelo Jose Domingos

Graduate student

mjdom@utexas.edu

Education: MA degree: Cultural History: 2005, UnB - Universidade de Brasília

Interests: Brazil and Latin America dictatorships; Archives; criminal Archives

Jacob Doss

Graduate student

jacobwdoss@utexas.edu

Education: M.T.S., Boston College, B.A. in History and Anthropology, University of Arkansas

Interests: Medieval Religion; Monasticism; Cistercians; Gender and Sexuality.

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Lizeth Elizondo

Ph.D. Candidate

liz.elizondo@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. Latin American Studies, California State University, San Diego, B.A. & B.S. California State University, Chico.

Interests: Colonial Latin American History, Family History, Women, Gender, Religion, Sexuality, Mexican-American history, the Spanish Colonial Borderlands (Texas/Louisiana/Northern Mexico regions).

Brittany Erwin

Graduate student

brittany.erwin@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., History and Spanish, Northern Arizona University

Interests: Colonial Latin America, Cultural History

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Ogechukwu Ezekwem

Graduate student

misschristines@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. History and International Studies (First Class Honors), University of Nigeria

Interests: African History; Maternal Health and Reproduction; History of Medicine; Nigeria-Biafra War (History, Literature, and Representation); Peace and Conflict Studies; British Empire

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Mackenzie Finley

Graduate student

mackenziejfinley@gmail.com

Education: B.A. History (Hons.), Clemson University

Interests: African History; Yoruba Studies; Gender Studies; Intellectual History; Race and Identity; Subaltern Epistemologies and Historiography; Pedagogy and Curriculum Development

Dennis Fisher

Graduate student

Interests: Algonquin Anishinabeg politics and culture from 1914 to 2016. I'm also interested in 17th century missions along the Saint Lawrence River as sites of politics and culture.

Kristie Flannery

Graduate student

kristie.flannery@utexas.edu

Interests: Colonial Latin America, Spain's Asian Empire, Atlantic History, Early Modern Indo-Pacific Worlds, the Social Lives of Cities, Comparative Colonialisms

Carl Forsberg

Graduate student

Signe Fourmy

Graduate student

signepfourmy@yahoo.com |
Belmont 212Q

Education: B.A. University of Notre Dame, J.D. University of Houston Law Center

Interests: 18th and 19th Century Southern history, particularly issues of slavery and freedom, gender, resistance, and maroon communities in the American South; issues concerning criminality, gender, and the legal system; constitutional history

Alejandra Garza

Graduate student

alejandracgarza@yahoo.com

Education: B.A., History, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Interests: Borderlands History, 20th Century Texas History

Diego Godoy

Graduate student

dgodoy86@gmail.com

Interests: Modern Latin America; history of crime in Latin America and Europe; drugs; cultural and intellectual history; film and media studies; museums, memory, and commemoration

Francis Goicovich Videla

Graduate student

fgoicovi@uchile.cl

Interests: Interdisciplinary approaches (ethnohistorical and archaeological) of the Prehispanic mapuche culture and colonial times.

Nicolas Gonzalez Quinter

Graduate student

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Travis Gray

Graduate student

travis.gray@utexas.edu

Interests: Post-war Soviet Russia, World War II, Communism, Cold War

Benjamin Griffin

Graduate student

ben.griffin@utexas.edu

Interests: Cold War, Insurgencies, Post-Conflict Operations, American Culture in the Cold War

Brenda Gunn

Graduate student

brenda.gunn@utexas.edu |
SRH 2.109

Education: MLIS, The University of Texas at Austin; M.A. and B.A., The University of Texas at Tyler

Interests: American South, Texas; memory and remembrance; digital humanities

Fei Guo

Graduate student

fguogufe2@gmail.com

Interests: Modern China, state building, state capacity and revolutionary movement

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Celeste Gventer

Graduate student

celeste@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-8936 |
SRH 3.368

Education: Master of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; B.A. Stanford University

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Maria Hammack

Graduate student

mariaesther@utexas.edu |
252-367-6282

Education: M.A., History, East Carolina University; B.A., History/Political Science, East Carolina University

Interests: African Diaspora, Mexico, Atlantic World, Texas Borderlands, Latin America, Slavery in Texas and Mexico, Politics

Justin Heath

Graduate student

Lauren Henley

Graduate student

lhenley@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. (summa cum laude), Washington University in St. Louis

Interests: 19th-20th century, American South, African-American women, girlhood/adolescence, criminality, urbanity.

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Franz Hensel Riveros

Graduate student

franzhensel@gmail.com

Education: M.A. in Anthropology, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia)

Interests: I'm following the fantastic intercontinental debate around the "Latin" or "Hispanic" character of nineteenth-century America. After the revolutionary wave, more than scattered nations were in the making; a continent was also in construction. My dissertation tells this story, and the fundamental struggles about the past and the future that all of that entailed.

Mohammed Hadi Hosainy

Graduate student

hadi.hoss@gmail.com

Education: M.A. in History, Sabanci University, Istanbul

Interests: history of the Middle East, Islamic law, gender

Guangji Hu

Graduate student

guangjihu@utexas.edu

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Chloe Ireton

PhD Candidate

c.ireton@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. History, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Atlantic History, Iberian Imperial Expansion, Religion and Culture, Colonial Latin American History, African History, Mediterranean World.

Daniel Jean-Jacques

Graduate student

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Rebecca Johnston

Graduate student

rajohnston@utexas.edu

Interests: Russian and Soviet history; cultural policy; cultural development and national identity; the Cold War; the Russian Orthodox Church; gender politics

J. R. Jones

Ph.D. Candidate

Education: M.A. (Middle East Studies: History), The University of Utah

Interests: Middle East; Modern Arab Intellectual History; Comparative Religion (Islamics, Jewish Studies); Economic History; Gender History; Globalization and Transnational History

Clay Katsky

Graduate student

ckatsky@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., History, George Washington University; B.A., History, Pace University

Interests: US Diplomatic History, Cold War, Congress, CIA, US-Latin American relations

Sean Killen

Doctoral Candidate

spkillen@gmail.com

Education: M.A. - South Asian Studies (The University of Wisconsin at Madison), M.A. - Psychology (Brandeis University)

Interests: Modern India, British Empire, Imperial and International Legal history, Globalization

William Kramer

Graduate student

william@ninja.net

Interests: Early Modern Ireland, Early Modern Religious History, Early Modern Britain and Scotland, The European Witch-Hunts

Alexander Lang

Graduate student

alexlang36@gmail.com

Education: M.A., Modern History, Durham University

Interests: Fascism, Political Theory, French Algeria, Italian Libya, Interwar period

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Deirdre Lannon

Doctoral Candidate

John Lisle

Graduate student

johnlisle7@gmail.com

Education: B.A. History and English, Texas A&M University

Interests: History of Science

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Jack Loveridge

Ph.D. Candidate

loveridge@utexas.edu

Education: M.Phil. in Development Studies (Oxford University), B.A. in History (Stanford University)

Interests: Modern South Asia, British Colonialism, Decolonization, International Development, Cold War Philanthropy, Ethics of Aid, Population, Migration, Land Rights, Agricultural Science, Nutrition, Food Economy

Ian Lyles

Graduate student

iblyles@aol.com

Education: M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Modern Latin America, U.S.-Latin America relations, Military History, Cold War in Latin America, Economic Development Theories

Vasken Markarian

Graduate student

vgmarkarian@gmail.com

Education: AA degree of Liberal Arts (2011) / BA degree of Arts (2015), CUNY Queensborough CommunityCollege / CUNY Queens College

Interests: Research Interests: State violence, Cold War politics, Post-modern theory and subaltern studies,

Adrian Masters

Graduate student

elestrechodudoso@gmail.com |
Expresso Café, Alumni Center

Interests: Ideas of genealogy in the Spanish Empire, ancient history-writing in the Spanish colonies, the creation of the term 'mestizo,' Church history

Holly McCarthy

Graduate student

holly24@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. - Security Studies, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service

Interests: The Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy, the British Empire, Development Aid, Counterterrorism, Insurgencies, non-state actors,

Cameron McCoy

Graduate student

cdmv@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in U.S. Military History, Texas A&M University

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Ernesto Mercado Montero

Graduate student

emercado@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. Caribbean Studies, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Interests: Economic and Political History of Central America & the Circum-Caribbean Region, Intercolonial Marronage and Slave Trade

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Simon Miles

Ph.D. Candidate

simon.miles@utexas.edu

Education: MA, London School of Economics and Political Science; BA, University of Toronto

Interests: Cold War diplomatic history; International history; European international relations; Nuclear history

Kazushi Minami

Graduate Student

kazushiminami@utexas.edu |
BEL2.212V

Interests: U.S. Foreign Relations, Modern China & East Asia, International History

Charalampos Minasidis

Graduate student

ch.minasidis@utexas.edu |
Caffé Medici

Education: BA in History, BA in Political Sciences, Master in Balkan & Turkish History, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; MA in The History of Warfare, King's College London

Interests: Modern & Contemporary History of SE Europe & Turkey; history of warfare; mobilization; civil-military relations; mass politics; especially the study of war-related mass violence from a political and social perspective within a transnational and comparative framework.

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Elizabeth A O'Brien

Graduate student

obriene5@utexas.edu

Interests: 18, 19, and 20C Mexico, Latin America and the World, the history of science, gender, race, performance and cultural studies, medical epistemology and medical culture, reproduction

Madeleine Olson

Graduate student

molson@utexas.edu

Interests: Catholicism in Latin America, 20th century Mexico, Papal diplomacy, Mexican Church-State Relations, Political development, and Catholic social activism

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Albert A. Palacios

Doctoral Candidate, LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator

aapalacios@utexas.edu |
(512) 471-7714 |
SRH 1.206A

Education: M.S. in Information Science & M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Book history, censorship, Spanish missions, cognitive mapping, museum studies, and exhibition design

Nakia Parker

Graduate student

nakiadparker@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in History, summa cum laude, State University of New York-New Paltz

Interests: African-American and Native American history, gender and slavery, history of African-Americans in the Southwest, memory studies

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Jimena Perry

Graduate student

jimenaperry@utexas.edu

Education: MPhil Social Anthropology, MA History, University of Cambridge, UK; University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Representations of violence in contemporary Latin America, memory, trauma, and museums

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Scott Pittman

Ph.D. Student

sapittman@utexas.edu

Interests: Modern Latin America, Politics, State Formation, Violence, Insurgencies, Counter-insurgencies, Narcos, Immigration, and Inter-American Relations

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David Rahimi

Graduate student

drahimi26@gmail.com

Education: MA in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Interests: Middle Eastern intellectual history; Iranian social history, especially changing moral discourses; Islamic law and religious authority; Missionaries in the Middle East

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Nicholas Roland

Graduate student

roland.nick.k@gmail.com

Education: B.A. in History, Virginia Tech

Interests: 19th century American South; Texas History; Military History; Historical Memory

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Christopher Rose

Doctoral Candidate in History; Assistant Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

csrose@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-3582 |
CAL 513

Education: MA, Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Egypt in the Islamic period; development and urbanization in pre-modern and early modern Cairo; Mediterranean world systems; medical history; social studies education and curriculum development

Nadine Ross

Graduate student

nross716@yahoo.com

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Allison Schottenstein

Graduate student

alleys@utexas.edu

Interests: Twentieth Century American and European Jewish history, Southern history, Texas history, Ethnicity, Ethnic Relations, Religion, Civil Rights,

Haley Schroer

Graduate student

h.m.schroer@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. (Hons) History and Spanish, Texas Christian University

Interests: Colonial Latin American History, Race and Society, Women, Gender Roles, Visual and Material Culture

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Mark Sheaves

Graduate student

marksheaves@utexas.edu

Education: MA History, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Science and Medicine in the British Empire; Public History; The Early Modern Atlantic World; Spanish Empire; Global History.

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Edward Shore

Graduate student

edwardfshore@gmail.com

Interests: Modern Latin America; Brazil; Race and Nation; Environmental History; Public History; Digital Humanities

Cali Slair

Graduate student

Andrew Straw

Graduate student

andydstraw@yahoo.com

Education: M.A. Stanford, B.A. The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Soviet nationalities policy, Central Asia, Islam, the Soviet welfare state, international relations and human rights.

Julia Stryker

Graduate student

Horus Tan

Graduate student

2001107a@gmail.com

Education: MA, Peking University

Interests: Economic History, The Trade and Agriculture in 19th & 20th century China & East Asia, History of Agricultural Technology, Military History

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Jermaine Thibodeaux

Graduate student

jthib@utexas.edu

Education: A.B., Cornell University, M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Southern history, African American history, slavery and capitalism, carceral state, and manhood and masculinities

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Christina Villarreal

Graduate student

cmvillarreal@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in History, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Spanish Borderlands, Colonial Latin America, Runaway Slaves, Immigration, Race and Ethnicity

Jared Wait

Graduate student

Rupali Warke

Graduate student

Edward Watson

Graduate student

e.watson@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. (First Class Honors) History; M.A. Modern History, The University of Sheffield

Interests: Modern British History, Social and Cultural History

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Eyal Weinberg

Graduate student

eyalw@utexas.edu |

Education: B.A. in History, Tel Aviv University ; M.A. in History, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Latin America, particularly twentieth-century Brazil. Dictatorships and military governments; Torture; State violence; Public health

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Andrew Weiss

Doctoral Student and Teaching Assistant

a.e.weiss@hotmail.com |
Email is the best way to contact me.

Interests: Colonial and National Latin America; Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Mexico; Mexican Church-State Relations; Catholic Lived Religion; Priísta Mexico; Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern Europe; Antiquity (Greece, Rome, and the Near East); United States History; Religious Studies; International History, Politics, and Diplomacy.

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Ben Weiss

Graduate student

benweiss13@gmail.com

Education: B.A. in History, Government, and Humanities, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: HIV/AIDS, Disease Surveillance, Development, Foreign Aid and Investment, Pharmaceutical Contracting

Emily Whalen

Graduate student

eiwhalen@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., The University of Virginia

Interests: Diplomacy, National Security, Middle East, Cold War, US History, US Foreign Policy, Lebanon, Europe, Islam, Public History

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Henry Wiencek

Graduate student

hwiencek@utexas.edu |
Quacks

Education: B.A. (History), Haverford College

Interests: The History of Oil & Gas, Environmental History, The American South, Digital/Public History

Andrew Wilkins

Graduate student

Interests: British and Irish Economic History, the emergence of social, economic, and political modernity, empire, industrialization, and the Anthropocene.

Brooks Winfree

Graduate student

Interests: Slavery, Texas history, the Old South, Native American history, borderlands, environmental history

Peter Worger

Graduate student

Benjamin Yeager

Graduate student

ben.h.yeager@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Centre College

Interests: Modern China, East Asia, Ideology, Propaganda

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Zhaojin Zeng

Graduate student

zzj@utexas.edu |
BEL 2.212Q

Education: MPhil, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Interests: Modern Chinese History, East Asian History, Economic and Business History.

Jing Zhai

Graduate student

zhaijing@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Interests: History of Modern China, Comparative Communism and Gender Studies

David Zintak

Graduate student