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York History Postgraduates' success in America and China

Posted on 25 September 2014

Two recent York History PhD students secure prestigious teaching positions in China and America

Hsuan-Ying (Sherry) Tu, who studied the intelligence networks of Sir Francis Walsingham with Dr John Cooper, will be working at Renmin University in Beijing, one of the foremost research universities in China. She will be promoting the study of world history, including an innovative training programme in palaeography and British archives. Sherry writes, ‘I am very delighted to have the chance to bring sixteenth-century British history to a Chinese audience’. She will be hosting John Cooper and Sarah Rees Jones on a visit to Renmin University in May 2015.

Meanwhile Jan James Martin is enjoying her new role as Assistant Professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Jan studied for the MA in Early Modern History at York before researching a PhD on scripture and biblical translation in early Tudor England, also with John Cooper. Jan misses the English landscape, but is relishing what she describes as her ‘dream job’ teaching, researching and publishing in her area of expertise. She is particularly grateful for the social experience she had at York, mixing with people from other cultures and backgrounds.

We wish Sherry and Jan the best of luck in their future careers.