AAS CIAC Small Grant Awards

The China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its CIAC Small Grants program. The CIAC Small Grants program is made possible by the generous support of the Chiang Ching-kuo (CCK) Foundation and through individual donations.

For further information please visit the CIAC Small Grants page.


CIAC Grants for 2018 were awarded to:

Conference, Workshop, or Seminar Organization

  • Isabelle Cheng, University of Portsmouth, UK, “The Invisible within: Actors, Relationships and Activities in Chinese Migrant Families” Conference

Short Research Trips – Tenure-line Faculty

  • Timothy Thurston, University of Leeds, “Heritage With and Without the State in China’s Tibet”
  • Yuanchong Wang, The University of Delaware, “Time, Territory and Sovereignty: Imperial Calendar and the Manchu Empire, 1644-1911”
  • Michael L. Zukosky,  Eastern Washington University, “Historical Narrative, Cultural Chang, and Meaning Among Chinese Kazakh”

Short Research Trips – Non-Tenure-Line Faculty

  • Charlotte D’Evelyn, Loyola Marymount University, “Höömii in China: Surveying a UNESCO Decision and its Outcomes”
  • Kim Hunter-Gordon, University of London, “Social Context of the Establishment of the Kunju Perpetuation Institute in 1921”
  • Derek Sheridan, Brandeis University, “Chinese-African Mutualities and the Politics of Destination in China”
  • Emilia Roza Sulek, University of Zurich, “History from the Other Side: New Tibetan Sources on the Warlords Era in Qinghai”
  • Ilse Timperman, Independent Scholar, “ A Preliminary Mapping and Assessment of Bronze Age, Early Iron Age and Early Historic Sites in the Keriya-Hetian Interfluvial in the Taklamakan Desert”
  • Jing Xu, University of Washington, “No Comparison, No Harm: Childrearing Anxiety, Social Comparison (Pan-bi), and Children’s Wellbeing in Urban China”

Short Research Trips - Graduate Students

  • Elise Anderson, Indiana University, “Gender and Music in Uyghur Society”
  • Melvin Barnes, Jr., Ohio State University, “Revolution and Race: The African-American Freedom Struggle in the Chinese Imagination, 1912-1989”
  • Julie Bellemare, Bard College, “A New Creation of this Dynasty: Color Technologies and Imperial Taste in Qing China, 1700-35”
  • Catherine Alice Crowther, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, “Consultation of the Manuscripts of Texts Written by Jesuit Missionaries to Introduce Contemporary European Medical Knowledge to the Qing Court (and of related material) in Saint Petersburg”
  • Benjamin Daniels, University of California-Berkeley, “The Image of Wu and Yue in the Han”
  • Jessica DiCarlo, University of Colorado-Boulder, “The Everyday Lives of Infrastructure: China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Rail Development in Laos”
  • Linda Huang, Ohio State University, “Re-imagining Post-socialist Corporeality: Technology, Body and Nation in Post-1989 Chinese Art”
  • Xiaoqian Ji, John Hopkins University, “Cosmetic Practices in Early Modern China: Consumption, Vernacular Knowledge and Technologies of Gender”
  • Wenjing Jiang, Clark University, “Contemporary Agrarian Transformation in China: Empowerment, Valuation and Distributive Justice in the Transfer of Farmland Use Rights (TFUR)”
  • Andrew Kuech, The New School, “Imagining America in Communist and Nationalist China, 1949-1965”
  • Lantian Li, Northwestern University, “Developmental Laws and Regulations: The Uneasy Role of the State in the Rise of China’s Pharmaceutical Industry in Comparative Perspective”
  • Aiqi Liu, University of Iowa, “Cradle of Conflicts: the Formation of Fiscal Regimes in Manchuria, 1902-1912”
  • Lu Liu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Away with the Pest: Hygiene, Popular Science and Interspecies Encounters in China, 1930s-1980s”
  • Zixian Liu, University of Toronto, “Constructing and Defending Maoism: Space, Production and Everyday Life in China’s Cold War Factories, 1964-1976”
  • Wilson Miu, University of California-Santa Cruz, “Moving the Wind and Changing Custom: Local Implementation of Marriage Laws in South China, 1930-1976”
  • Yingyi Wang, University of Washington, “NGO Precarity and Neoliberal Governance in China”
  • Rupak Shrestha, University of Colorado-Boulder, “Chinese Extra-Territoriality, Nepali State-making Practices, and Fluid Ethnicities at the Himalayan Borderlands”


CIAC Grants for 2017 were awarded to:

Organization of Conferences and Seminars

  • Xiao Liu, McGill University, “A Literary History of Information in China”
  • Eric Schluessel, University of Montana, “The Montana East Asia Workshop and China Lecture”

Short Research Travel - Professors/Independent Scholars

  • Dan Chen, Elizabethtown College, “Local Media and Governance in Urbanizing China”
  • Zach Fredman, Nanyang Technological University, “From Allies to Occupiers: Living with the US Military in Wartime China, 1941-1951”
  • Anna High, Loyola University-Chicago School of Law, “The Role and Regulation of Non-State Orphan Welfare Providers in China”
  • Macabe Keliher, West Virginia University, “The Manchu Translation of Li (ritual)”
  • Yukiko Koga, Hunter College-City University of New York, “The Unmaking of Empire: Wartime Forced Labor and Transnational Legal Redress in East Asia”
  • Emily Mokros, Albion College, “The Court Gazette and Information Policy in Qing-Dynasty China”
  • Susan Powell, University of California-Berkeley, “20th Century Maps of Mongolia in Mongolian Collections”
  • Christopher K. Tong, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, “Torrents of Revolution: The Writing of Environmental Disasters in Modern China, 1930-1949”
  • Nicolai Volland, Pennsylvania State University, “Imperial Eyes, Cosmopolitan Minds: Sino-French Literary Encounters, 1900-2000”
  • Vesna A. Wallace, University of California-Santa Barbara, “Text, Image and Imagination in Mongolian Buddhist Rituals”

Short Research Travel - Graduate Students

  • Elissa A. Bullion, Washington University in St. Louis, “Social and Biological Communities in Medieval Inner Asia: An Osteological and Mortuary Practice Perspective from Uzbekistan”
  • Muyang Chen, University of Washington, “Spending or Lending: the Political Economy of Infrastructure Finance in China”
  • Yige Dong, Johns Hopkins University, “Contesting the Dual-Role: Gender and the Changing Institutions of Labor Reproduction during China’s Industrial Transformations (1949-present)”
  • Kati Fitzgerald, The Ohio State University, “Tibetan Buddhism in Rural Qinghai: Innovation and Preservation”
  • Kyuhyun Han, University of California-Santa Cruz, “Seeing the Forest Like a State: Forest Management, Wildlife Conservation, and Center-Periphery Relations in Northeast China, 1949-1965”
  • Xiaoran He, Penn State University, “Experiencing Deluges in Twentieth-Century China: Hydraulic Modernity, State-Building and the Making of Local Memory in Harbin”
  • Yupeng Jiao, University of California-San Diego, “Self-Governance Confronts Communism: Popular Religious Sects, Secret Societies and the Reorganization of Rural Society in the Early People’s Republic of China”
  • Yung-hua Kuo, University of Washington, “Land Rights of Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples under Natural Disasters-Analysis of Post-Typhoon Morakot Reconstruction from Legal, Historical and Cultural Perspectives”
  • Mei-chun Lee, University of California-Davis, “Transcoding Open Government: Civic Technologies and Digital Activism in Taiwan”
  • Melissa Lefkowitz, New York University, “Chinese Dreams in the Silicon Savannah: An Ethnography of Chinese Millennials in Nairobi, Kenya”
  • Youjia Li, Northwestern University, “Human-powered Metropolis-Evolving Transport Networks in Japan and East Asia, 1630s-1930s”
  • Yi Lu, Harvard University, “Socialist Pulp: Print and Information in Revolutionary China, 1940-1980”
  • Hosung Shim, Indiana University-Bloomington, “Central Asia’s Last Nomad Conquerors: The Zunghars between China, Russia and Tibet”
  • Shan Windscript, University of Melbourne, Australia, “Diary Writing in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966-76”
  • Yinyin Xue, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Not a Utopia: Science Fiction, Popular Science and Transmedia Storytelling: Imagining Socialism in Cold War China”
  • Patricia J. Yu, University of California-Berkeley, “Reproducing and Reconstituting  the Fragmented Body of the Yuanming Yuan”

Translations of Scholarly Books/Articles

  • Holly Gayley, University of Colorado-Boulder, “Emergent Buddhist Modernism on the Tibetan Plateau: Translating Works of Advice by Cleric-Scholars at Larung Buddhist Academy”


CIAC Grants for 2016 were awarded to:

Organization of Conferences and Seminars

  • Michelle T. King, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, “Culinary Nationalism in Asia” Conference Support
  • Andrea Piazzaroli Longobardi, University of Sao Paulo, “International Conference of Critical Asian Studies in Brazil-Disseminating and Founding a Field of Research with a Singular Methodological Approach”

Short Research Travel - Professors/Independent Scholars

  • Gareth Fisher, Syracuse University,  “A Tale of Four Temples: Buddhism and the Continuing Search for Modernity in Post-Mao China”
  • Kenneth Hammond, New Mexico State University, “Urban Cartography in Early Modern China”
  • Mauricio Hernandez, UCLA, “ Ecology, Subsistence and Cultural Admixture: A Bioarchaeological Perspective of Community Health Along Northwest China’s Prehistoric Exchange Networks”
  • Tina Phillips Johnson, St. Vincent College, “Women’s Health in Twentieth-Century China: The Early People’s Republic (1949-1978)”
  • Rachel Silberstein, Rhode Island School of Design, “Embroidered Figures: Commerce and Culture in the Nineteenth-Century Chinese Fashion System”
  • Josh Stenberg, UBC, “Chinese Performance Networks across the South China Sea: A Regional View”
  • Andrew Wong, California State University-East Bay, “Much Ado about Nothing? Language Activism in Postcolonial Hong Kong”

Short Research Travel - Graduate Students

  • Dawn Batts, Wayne State University, “In Pursuit of the Three Highs: Urban Professional Chinese Women’s  Experiences and Perceptions of Gender In/Equality in Contemporary China”
  • Melissa A. Brzycki, University of California-Santa Cruz, “Inventing the Socialist Child in China, 1949-1966”
  • Jinok Lee, University of Texas-Austin, “Subsistence Ecology in the Making of the Shang State, Eastern China”
  • Chao Ling, Yale  University, “Shaking the Rivers and Passes: Lyricism and Canonization of Yu Xin (513-581)”
  • Yan Ma, University of Hawaii-Manoa, “Nandan in the Post-Cultural Revolution Era: Training, Acting, and Reception for Male Cross-Gender Performance in Jingju”
  • Jessica Madison, University of California-Santa Cruz, “Golden Mountain, Iron Heap: Landscape Poetics and Mining in Eastern Mongolia”
  • Nan Ouyang, University of Arizona, “The Makings of a Sacred Site: The Ascension of Mount Jiuhua in Late Imperial and Republican China”
  • Yiyun Peng, Cornell University, “Summer Research Trip to Zhenjiang, China, Investigating the Traditional Iron Production From the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century”
  • Xian Wang, UBC, “Mao’s Revolution and Ethno-religious Conflicts: The 1970s Muslim Uprising in Southern Yunnan”
  • Chieh-Ju Wu, SUNY-Binghamton, “Science, Snakes and the Tropics: Japanese Colonialism in Taiwan, 1895-1945”
  • Yunkang Yang, University of Washington, “The More You Protest, the Stronger I Grow: How do ENGOs and Protesters in China Empower Each Other”
  • Shana Ye, University of Minnesota, “Post-socialist China and the Promise of Ku’er Politics of Affect and Transnational Queer Praxis”
  • Yi Yu, University of Oregon, “Institutional Mothers, Professional Caregivers: The Biopolitics of Affective Labor in State-owned Social Welfare Institutions in China”
  • Gary Zhiwen Zhao, Stanford University, “A Comparative Study of the Meaning of Work between China and the U.S.”
  • Jessica Xiaomin Zu, Princeton University, “The Promise of a New Buddhist Canon: Building a Universal Buddhism Through Translation, China 1926-1937”


CIAC Grants for 2015 were awarded to:

Organization of Conferences and Seminars

  • Courtney Bruntz, Nebraska Wesleyan University, "Buddhist Tourism: Temple Aesthetics, the Monastic Body, and Interactions with Sacredness"

Short Research Travel - Professors/Independent Scholars

  • Ning Chia, Central College, "The Mink Fur Tribute of the Solon People in Heilongjiang and the Qing Imperial Patrician Hierarchy"
  • Martin K. Dimitrov, Tulane University, "Infiltrating the Opposition: The Recruitment and Management of Informants in Taiwan during the Martial Law Period"
  • Martin Fromm, Worcester State University, "History of the Ginseng Trade between the U.S., Hong Kong, and China"
  • Yan Gao, University of Memphis, "Transforming the Water Regime: State, Society and Ecology in the Jianghan Plain of Late Imperial and Modern China"
  • Shuang Shen, Penn State University, "From Hong Kong to the World: Cold War Literary Transnationalism in the Asia Pacific"
  • Marcella Szablewicz, Pace University, "The Losers of China's Internet: The Politics of Youth Desire in a Digital Age"
  • Benno Weiner, Appalachian State University, "Liberation Postponed: Conflict and Accommodation on the Ethnic Margins of Early Maoist China"

Short Research Travel - Graduate Students

  • Huiying Chen, University of Illinois-Chicago, "Printing in Manchu Language in Eighteenth Century China"
  • Elise J. David, Ohio State University, "Making" the Modern Woman Artist: The Painting and Practices of Wu Shujuan (1853-1930)"
  • Dominic DeSapio, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Between Fire Alarms and Police-Patrols: Institutional Durability and Adaptability Under Crisis in China"
  • Yue Du, New York University, "Parenthood and the State in China: Law, Gender, and State Building, 1800-1940"
  • Courtney Rong Fu, Pennsylvania State University, "Conservatism, Orthodoxy and Intellectual Change: The Qingyuan School of Learning in Early Modern China"
  • Xiaofei Gao, University of California-Santa Cruz, "Maritime Manchuria, 1898-2010"
  • Ryan Holroyd, Pennsylvania State University, "The Maritime Exportation and Overseas Consumption of Chinese Silk, 1680-1760"
  • Wenyi Huang, McGill University, "Crossing the Frontier Between North and South in Early Medievel China (386-589 CE)"
  • Jason M. Kelly, Cornell University, "Chinese Communists in Capitalist Markets: International Commerce and the Rise of the People's Republic, 1948-1964"
  • Lili Liang, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Choosing Quality: Educational Investment Among Middle-Class Households in Shanghai"
  • James Lin, University of California-Berkeley, "Sowing Seeds and Knowledge: Development Discourses in China, Taiwan and the World, 1920-1975"
  • Stephanie M. Montgomery, University of California-Santa Cruz, "Gender, Criminality, and the Prison in China, 1928-1953"
  • Cuma Ozkan, University of Iowa, "From Native-Oriented to Global Islam: The Changing Role of the Han Kitāb in Today's China"
  • Yang Shen, Boston University, "Becoming "Renouncers" in Post-Mao Buddhist Monastic Institutions"
  • Kwok-leong Tang, Pennsylvania State University, "Cultural Unity and Political Legitimacy in Local and Transnational Contexts: The Temple of Culture (wenmiao) in Late Imperial China and Vietnam"
  • Kuan-chi Wang, University of Oregon, "The Reach of the Green Border: Political Economy and Ecology of Vegetable Trade Between China, Taiwan, and Japan"
  • Qingfei Yin, George Washington University, "Arrival of the Cold War, Expansion of the Communist States, and Transformation of the Land-Maritime Border Region in Guangxi, 1949-1969"
  • Yingchan Zhang, Northeastern University, "Tapping the Flow: The Global Circulation of Talent and Urban Development in China"