Field: Modern Chinese History
Advisor: Eugenia Lean
Hongyi Yu is a PhD student in modern Chinese history. His research interests center on social history, cultural history, propaganda studies, and the history of emotions, with a particular focus on the post-1949 period. He is working on a project examining how the Party-state mobilized the masses and kept control of popular opinion through the lens of state-led propaganda activities. Before joining Columbia, Hongyi received his B.A. in history and M.A. in East Asian Studies from UCLA in 2020.