Anatol Klass

PhD Candidate

East Asia: China

I study the institutional and intellectual development of Chinese diplomacy across the twentieth century.  My research ranges from the education and professionalization of China's diplomatic corps during the Republican Period (1911-1949) to the experiences of Chinese representatives in international organizations during subsequent decades.  A series of interrelated questions motivates this research agenda: what were the sources of information and knowledge that shaped Chinese diplomacy in the early twentieth century? How were those ideas rendered in institutional form as part of the Republican state-building process? How did Chinese actors put this diplomatic training into practice in international organizations? And finally, how did the presence of these professionalized Chinese diplomats impact and reshape the organizations in which they participated? My primary research language is Chinese (modern and classical), but I also work with sources in Japanese and French. In addition to my academic work, my writing has also appeared in The Washington Post and SupChina. 

Research Interests

  • History of International Law and International Organizations
  • Global History
  • Cold War History
  • Institutional History


"The Peking Formula: International Law, the United Nations, and Chinese Sovereignty during the Korean War." The International History Review.

Awards & Fellowships

UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Dissertation Fellowship (2021-2022)

Fulbright Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Taiwan (2021-2022)

Ezra Vogel Memorial Fellowship (2021)

Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Graduate Fellowship (2020-2021)

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) award--Japanese (2019-2020)

Schwarzman Scholar Fellowship at Tsinghua University (2017-2018)

Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize (2017)