Yang Yinyu, 1884-1938: China's First Female University President and the Educational Reforms in Her Era
Supervisor: Dr Jon Howlett
My PhD project is the first in-depth research on a prominent female educator in modern China, named Yang Yinyu (1884-1938). By exploring the life, career, and legacies of this historical figure, my thesis demonstrates the pursuits, conflicts and negotiations that an individual had experienced when the country was witnessing a dramatic educational modernisation by the turn of the twentieth century. Centred on an individual as case study, my PhD thesis discusses the meaning of 'modern education' in China, and a series of key issues that accompanied with the educational reforms, such as Chinese nationalism, missionary education, student movements, feminism, and class struggles.
My broader research interests include social and cultural history of modern China and East Asia; transnational exchanges of educational ideologies and intellectual ideas in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Secretary of the British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies, 2015-2016