Current Visiting Scholars

Yunqing Chen

PhD Student, Department of History, Tsinghua University, China

Yunqing’s research focuses on the history of early China and excavated documents, especially everyday governance of the Qin and Han empires. Her dissertation deals with Qin-Han officials’ usage of seals, aiming to investigate the structuring bureaucracy. She is also interested in state formation and local administration in ancient China and Rome from a comparative perspective.

Anna Frisone

Postdoctoral Researcher — Labor & Gender History in Modern Europe

Anna had her M.A. in Contemporary History from the University of Bologna. In March 2017, she completed the PhD programme of the European University Institute under the supervision of professor Laura Lee Downs, with a thesis on 1970s trade union feminism in Italy and in France. The University of Vienna has recently awarded her with an Edith Saurer grant to pursue her new postdoctoral project on the history of female unemployment in Western Europe after the 1973 oil crisis. She has now a visiting appointment at UC Berkeley sponsored by professor James Vernon. Both her B.A. thesis and her M.A. thesis have been published and awarded of nation-level prizes. Her work focuses on the intersection of class and gender. Her main research interests are: labor history, oral history, gender history, second-wave feminism.

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Alison Klairmont Lingo

Research Associate


Matthew Guariglia

Visiting Research Scholar 

Matthew Guariglia finished his PhD at the University of Connecticut in April 2019 where his research and teaching focused on the intersection of racial and ethnic formation, state building and state power, and urban policing in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At UC Berkeley he is turning his dissertation into a monograph which analyzes how U.S. colonial governance in the Philippines and Caribbean, understandings of racial difference, technological and intellectual connections with Europe, and demographic shifts caused by migration and immigration, changed policing in New York City. His other research concerns the history of surveillance, the state's relationship to information, technologies of governance, and the relationship between bureaucracy, power, and state violence. He currently serves as a Policy Analyst for surveillance and privacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and his writing can be seen in the Washington PostMuckRock, and the Urban History Association's blog The Metropole, where he serves as the founding editor of the "Disciplining the City" series. 


Rafal Matuszewski

Assistant Professor of Ancient History, University of Salzburg, Austria

Rafal Matuszewski is an Assistant Professor of Ancient History at the University of Salzburg, Austria. He received his Ph.D. in ancient history from the University of Heidelberg in 2017. His newest book (based on his PhD dissertation), entitled Räume der Reputation. Zur bürgerlichen Kommunikation im Athen des 4. Jahrhunderts v. Chr., appeared with Franz Steiner Verlag in 2019. His research focuses primarily on the historical anthropology of the ancient Mediterranean, especially on Greek social history, Greek religion, epigraphy and material culture. Currently, he is working on two book projects: Religion in Artemidorus’ Oneirocritica and Hiera Korinthiaka: Cults, Myths, and the Religious Life of an Ancient Polis.

Jennifer M. Miller

Assistant Professor of History, Dartmouth College

Jennifer M. Miller is an assistant professor of History at Dartmouth College and scholar of U.S. foreign relations since 1945, focusing on interactions between the United States and Northeast Asia. She received her Ph.D. in the history of U.S. foreign relations and international history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. Her research examines the intersections between foreign policy and domestic ideas, ideologies, and political narratives; her work explores how post-World War II interactions between America and East Asia transformed both sides’ thinking about security, democratic governance, citizenship, and economic order.  Her first book, Cold War Democracy: The United States and Japan appeared with Harvard University Press in 2019.  She is currently starting a new project examining how East Asian economic growth (1970s - 1990s) affected American thinking about capitalism, social strength, and economic vitality.

Lingjing Wu

PhD Student, Department of History, Tsinghua University, China

Lingjing focuses on environmental history and British history. She is particularly interested in the ecological interactions within the British Empire, the environmental perspective of global history, and the Sino-British relationship. Her doctoral dissertation aims to work out global sandalwood trade from the eighteenth to the twentieth century in the South China Sea, Indian Ocean, and Pacific Ocean. She wants to explore how different groups understood, recognized, and utilized the value of this natural thing, what kind of action contemporary people took to make the resource sustainable, etc.


Ma Xiaofei

PhD student, Department of History, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 Ma Xiaofei graduated from Shandong University with a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature and obtained her Master of History degree from Peking University. Her research interest mainly lies in the social and intellectual life of early China. In her PhD dissertation, she focuses on the intellectual world of Wang Chong (27-97), a Later Han scholar. Following the line of Wang Chong’s constant attacks on what he claims to be “falsehood” (虛妄 xuwang) in Lunheng 論衡 (Balanced Arguments), she wants to explore intensively the motivations behind the thoughts of Wang Chong, and how they intertwined with the social, academic and political condition of that time.


Christoph W. Zimmer

PhD student, Department of East Asian Studies, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany 

Christoph Zimmer holds a Baccalaureate in Philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome and a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Classical Latin. He obtained his Master of Education degree from the Georg-August University of Göttingen in the subjects of Chinese, Latin, and Philosophy. He is especially interested in the intersection between philosophy, theology, literature and global cultural exchange. In his PhD thesis, he focuses on loyalty conflicts that occurred during the Christian China Mission in the 17th century. While at UC Berkeley he will conduct different archival work, collect sources and search for suitable methodological approaches.  

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