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”; “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

Guest 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


Languages

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

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


Research Interests

  • 19th-21st Century Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong-Vietnam Relations

  • China and its Frontiers

  • Indochina Wars, 1940–91

  • U.S. Foreign Relations since McKinley

  • British Empire in Asia

  • Human Rights and Humanitarianism

  • Music and its Political Implications

  • Global 1970s

  • Public History


Extracurricular Activities

New York University
New York

Renaissance College
Hong Kong


Affiliations