Curriculum Vitae

Education

Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

Ph.D., History
(Since Fall 2018)

  • Major field: East and Central Asia

  • Dissertation: “Exodus: The Vietnamese Boat People in British Hong Kong” (tentative)

  • Advisor: James A. Millward

  • Course highlights: “History Core Colloquium”; “Late Imperial China”; “20th-Century China”; “Vietnam War”; “Pacific Empires”; International Relations of Southeast Asia”

New York University
New York

M.A., Humanities and Social Thought, with concentration in Global Histories
September 2017

  • Thesis: “Pearl of the Orient Reconstructed: How Great Power Politics Shaped Hong Kong’s Sovereignty

  • Advisor: Jane Burbank; Reader: S. S. Sandhu

  • Course highlights: “Empires, States, and Political Imagination”; “Radicalism in Transnational Asia”; “Human Rights and ‘Humanitarian’ Interventions”; “The American Empire and its New Left Critics”; “American Capitalism in Global Historical Perspective”; “History of American Higher Education”

B.A., History & Journalism, with high honors
May 2016

  • Thesis: “Music Below the Lion Rock: Social and Political Life in Hong Kong through the Lens of Transnational Cantopop, 1964–2004

  • Advisor: David Ludden; Reader: Thomas D. Looser

  • Course highlights: “Historical Interpretation”; “Global Asia”; “Global Cities in History: From New Orleans to Shanghai”; “Multinational Britain”; “New York City: A Social History”; “Theories of Political Economy: From Smith to Sachs”; “Latin America and the Cold War”; “Media Past and Future”; “Journalism of Empathy”; “Political Cinema and the ‘Other’”

  • Study away: N.Y.U. Washington, D.C., Fall 2014

Renaissance College
Hong Kong

I.B. Diploma Program, with Bilingual Diploma in Chinese and English
May 2013

I.B. Middle Years Program
June 2011


Professional Experience

University of Toronto
Toronto

Visiting Scholar
Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library & Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs
September 2017 – July 2018

Decoding Hong Kong’s History
Hong Kong

Co-founder and Researcher
November 2016 – present

Historian
New York

Staff Editor
October 2015 – May 2016

Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Washington, D.C.

Junior Curator
Division of Home and Community Life
September – December 2014


Honors, Grants, and Scholarships

  • History Department Five-Year Ph.D. Fellowship (100%)
    Department of History, Georgetown University
    Washington, D.C., 2018–23

  • Master’s Award for Academic Achievement in the Humanities (department nomination)
    Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University
    New York, May 2018

  • Rose and Herbert H. Hirschhorn Thesis Award
    Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University
    New York, May 2018

  • Speaker Honorarium
    Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
    Toronto, March 2018

  • B.A.-M.A. Dual Degree Program Scholarship (50%)
    Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University
    New York, January 2015 – September 2017

  • Summer Travel Grant
    Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University
    New York, May 2017

  • Phi Beta Kappa / Albert S. Borgman Memorial Prize (department nomination)
    College of Arts and Science, New York University
    New York, May 2016

  • Best History Honors Thesis
    Department of History, New York University
    New York, May 2016

  • Helen M. Jones Prize in History
    College of Arts and Science, New York University
    New York, May 2016

  • Founders Day Award
    College of Arts and Science, New York University
    New York, April 2016

  • Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund
    College of Arts and Science, New York University
    New York, November 2015

  • Achievement in Social Science Research (nomination)
    College of Arts and Science, New York University
    New York, April 2015

  • Guest Speaker Honorarium
    China Initiative, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University
    Providence, R.I., October 2014

  • Best Speaker
    Hong Kong International Schools Chinese Debating Championship
    Hong Kong, November 2012

  • Best Speaker
    Asia Pacific Chinese–English Bilingual Debate Competition
    Taipei, June 2012

  • Excellence in Chinese Reading & Writing
    Chinese Department, Renaissance College
    Hong Kong, June 2011

  • Excellence in Chinese Reading & Writing
    Chinese Department, Renaissance College
    Hong Kong, June 2010


Talks and Conferences


Languages

  • Cantonese, English, Mandarin (native); Vietnamese, Japanese (elementary)

  • Proficient reading knowledge in Traditional, Simplified, and Classical Chinese


Extracurricular Activities

New York University
New York

Renaissance College
Hong Kong


Affiliations