Coleman R. Mahler

Graduate Student

East Asia — China


I study early 20th century Chinese intellectual history. Specifically, I focus on the adaptation of western ideas by Chinese thinkers in the late Qing and Republican periods, as well as the transformation of these ideas and their subsequent embodiment in institutions. My current research project details the influence of Qing-era Neo-Confucian schools of thought on future Communist Party of China leaders. More broadly, I'm interested in the impact of the west and western scientific discourse on the development of Chinese politics and education.


Research Interests

  • Intellectual History
  • History of Ideas
  • Institutional Development
  • Nationalism
  • Socialism

Awards and Fellowships

2020 Joseph R. Levenson Chinese Studies Award

UC Berkeley Outstanding GSI Award

2019 Berkeley Center for Chinese Studies Language Study Grant; Funded by Republic of China East Asian Fund

Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship: Chinese

2018 Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship: Japanese