Announcing the 2023-24 HYI Scholars and Fellows


The Harvard-Yenching Institute is pleased to welcome fellowship recipients from universities in Asia for the 2023-24 academic year

Faculty members in the humanities and social sciences at HYI partner institutions undertake 10 months of independent research at Harvard University.

Kasira Cheeppensook, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, “Security Community in Southeast Asia: A Postcolonial study”

Chiang Chih-Hua, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, National Taiwan University, “Diachronic Analysis of Human-Object Relations: A Case Study of the
Kaviyangan Ancestral Pots, Taiwan”

Dong Yu, Professor, Institute of Cultural Heritage, Shandong University, “Investigating Population Mobility in the Neolithic Dawenkou Culture of the Lower Yellow River Valley”

Hao Tianhu, Qiushi Distinguished Professor, Department of English, Zhejiang University, “Shakespeare, Yenching University, and the Rise of Huaju”

Hou Zhe, Assistant Professor, Institute of China Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, “Labor Education in Mao’s China: A Political Analysis”

Iiyama Tomoyasu, Professor, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University, “From Ancestry to Minzu Identity: State-Certified Resurgence of the Non-Han Yuan Ancestry in Mid-Late Qing North China and Its Legacy”

Jung Ji Young, Professor, Department of Women’s Studies, Ewha Womans University, “Refiguring the Virtues of Women: Gender Politics and the Concept of ‘Nation’ in Late Chosǒn Korea”

Kim Youn-mi, Associate Professor, Department of History of Art, Ewha Womans University, “Space, Body, and Ritual in Chinese Medieval Buddhism: Liao Pagodas (907-1125)”

Kanokrat Lertchoosakul, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Chulalongkorn University, “The Cutting Edge Youth Movement in Thailand and Unfinished Democracy”

Liu Hsin-ning, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, “Inheritance, Gender, and Ancestral Sacrifice in China, 3rd Century BC- 6th

Liu Qing, Zijiang Distinguished Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, East China Normal University, “Between Truth Seeking and Myth Making: On the Use and Abuse of Tradition in China Studies”

Liu Weimo, Associate Professor, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, “A Comparative Study of the Cosmologies in Ancient Greece and China”

Ma Ran, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities, Nagoya University, “Realigning Sino-Japanese Cinema and Media Connections—Affective Assemblages, Infrastructural Networks and Cultural Regionalization”

Narihara Satoshi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Kyushu University, “A Comparative Study of the Integrated Governance of Real and Virtual Worlds”

Ota Hiroshi, Professor, Center for General Education, Hitotsubashi University, “Innovative Strategies and Practices at Higher Education Institutions in the U.S.: Reconceptualizing Internationalization in the Post-COVID Era”

Seol Paehwan, Associate Professor, Department of History, Chonnam National University, “The Jarqu: Flexible Justice and Mongol Networks throughout East-West Asia during the 13th to 14th Centuries”

Tang Mingjun, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Fudan University, “Shentai’s Commentary on Dignāga’s Nyāyamukha: Introduction, Critical Edition and Annotated Translation”

Wei Ran, Associate Professor, Institute of Foreign Literature, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, “Imagining China in Hispanic-Filipino Literature between Two Colonizations”

Sophie Ling-chia Wei, Associate Professor, Department of Translation, Chinese University of Hong Kong, “Naming the Way: A Genealogy of the 18th and 19th-Century Translators of
the Daodejing

Xiao Xiaoyan, Professor, English Department, Xiamen University, “The Deaf Community in a Chinese Socialist Welfare Factory”

Yan Fei, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Tsinghua University, “The Politics of Collective Decision-Making and Contentious Mass Factionalism in China, 1966–1968”  (HYI-Radcliffe Institute Joint Fellowship recipient)

Yan Wenjie, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Beijing Normal University, “Epistemic Vices and Their Illiberal Allies: How Collective Narcissism Is Being Drummed Up to Dilute Factual Basis in China”

Yixiweisa Acuo, Distinguished Professor Linguistics, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Nankai University, “Research on stress and poetic rhythm of Tibetan from the perspective of modern phonology theory”

Zhao Shuyang, Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts, Nanjing University, “A Study of the Circulation of Tang Poetry in the Perspective of Book History”


Faculty at Asia-based universities come for a six-month period of research, to be conducted at both institutions

Chen Tuo, Assistant Professor, History, Nankai University, “Reviving the Heritage: The Nineteenth-Century Reception and Reinterpretation of the Late Ming and Early Qing Chinese Catholic Texts”

Li Ji, Associate Professor, History, the University of Hong Kong, “The relationship between Christianity and local Chinese society in a historical and global context”

Song Gang, Associate Professor, Chinese History, the University of Hong Kong, “Reimaging All-under-Heaven: Jesuit Cartography and Syncretic Chinese World Maps in the 17th and 18th Centuries”


Candidates pursue a Ph.D. at the National University of Singapore, with one year of dissertation research at Harvard University.

In residence at NUS:

Tinnaphop Sinsomboonthong, Sociology, Thammasat University, “Critique of the Eurocentric Modernity, Critique of “Gross Indecency”: Decolonising the Discourse of Rights/Development/Modernity in Singaporean Queer Movements”

Thanat Preeyanont, History, Thammasat University

Rosa Yi, Department of Economic Development, Royal University of Phnom Penh, “Understanding Truncated Agrarian Transition in Cambodia: Migration, Precarity, and the Smallholders”

This joint doctoral fellowship program with the Institute for Chinese Studies in Delhi aims to encourage Chinese studies in India.

In residence at HYI partner universities in Asia for the 2023-24 academic year: 

Pawan Amin, Politics, Delhi University

Akshay Bhambri, Politics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Shubhda Gurung, Literature, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Prabhat Mishra, Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Saloni Sharma, Literature, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Shashwat Singh, International Politics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

This program seeks to foster a cross-national network of scholars by bringing to HYI students of Indian Studies in China.

Cao Yifan, PhD candidate, Art Theory, College of Literature and Journalism, Sichuan University, “On the Writing of Indian Art History in Anglo-American Academia”

Chen Yilan, PhD candidate, Department of South Asian Studies, Peking University, “A study of the acceptance and translation of Subhūticandra’s Kavikāmadhenu on Amarakośa in Tibet”

Wu Helin, Associate Research Fellow, India Studies Center, Central China Normal University, “The Role of East India Company in the Interactions between British Missionaries in China and India: A Case Study of Marshman and Morrison”

This program provides Harvard faculty with a chance to invite faculty members to join them in collaborative research projects in established Asian Studies.  

Zhou Yi, Professor, Department of Sociology, Fudan University, “Cultural Approaches to the Study of Chinese Society and Politics” (working with Prof. Elizabeth Perry)

This program allows past HYI affiliates to return to Harvard, with their own funding, to conduct new or additional research in their respective fields.

Chen Hongmin, Professor, School of History, Zhejiang University

This fellowship covers the two-year master’s degree in Harvard’s RSEA program.

Jun Han Na, Government (B.A., Yonsei University)

Lee Jiyeon, Sociology (M.A., University of Tokyo)

Li Chenyang, History (B.A., Peking University)

Tan Wei Lin, Literature (B.A., National University of Singapore)

Yu Jingyi, Literature (B.A., Yale-NUS College)

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