Field: Chinese History
Advisors: Eugenia Lean & Madeleine Zelin
Yanjie Huang is a doctoral candidate in modern Chinese history. His research interests center on state-society relations from late imperial to contemporary China. Based on archives, oral history, and thousands of letters from Shanghai, his dissertation, A Revolution Domesticated: Negotiating Family Life in Urban China, 1959-1984, examines how urban families negotiated their everyday life and heralded a de-politicization of the revolution under the shadow of the Maoist austerity policies in the 1960s and 1970s. He received his BA in Economics (2008) and MA in History (2015) from the National University of Singapore. His master thesis focuses on the conceptual transformation of sacrifice in late Qing and Republican China. His co-authored book, Market in State: The Political Economy of Domination in China (Cambridge, 2018), studies the conceptual foundation, historical evolution, and contemporary institutions of state-market relations in China. Before joining Columbia, he worked as a researcher in a Singapore-based think tank focused on contemporary China studies.