Current Visiting Scholars

Molly Avery

PhD Student, Department of International History, LSE

Field: Latin America and the Caribbean

Molly holds a BA in History from Christ's College, Cambridge, and an MSc in History of International Relations from LSE. She works on international and transnational anticommunist networks in Latin America, focusing on the relations between the Southern Cone dictatorships and Guatemala and El Salvador in the late 1970s and early 1980s. While based at Berkeley she will be carrying out research at archives across California, including those at Berkeley, Stanford and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Molly's LSE Profile


Michael Homberg

Feodor Lynen Research Fellow

Visiting Research Scholar at Stanford University and UC Berkeley

Michael Homberg has studied Modern and Medieval History, German Philology and Political Sciences at the University of Cologne, Germany. There, he recently worked as an Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary History. He was granted scholarships from the Cusanuswerk, the Max Weber Stiftung and the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. His dissertation "Reporter Streifzüge. Metropolitane Nachrichtenkultur und die Wahrnehmung der Welt, 1870-1918" has been awarded the Offermann-Hergarten-Prize. At Berkeley, he is a Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar.

Michael currently works on the emergence of early computer industries in Europe, the United States and India from the 1960s to the 1990s. His postdoctoral dissertation explores the roots of the "digital revolution" in India.

Michael Homberg's Profiles: University of Cologne and Stanford University


Julia Lieth

PhD-Student, International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies, Berlin, Germany

Julia Lieth aims to investigate the relation between religion (various confessions and movements) and romantic love in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Germany. She is interested in the negotiation processes between churches’ authorities (theology/liturgy/administration) and religious lovers. She intends to work out to which extent they shared moral values with regard to romantic love and how these intersections were shaped and defined — how they changed. She has just finished her first archival phase and intends to analyse the collected material during my stay at UC Berkeley in order to write her first chapter. Therein, she plans to focus on romantic love seen through the eyes of pastors.


Xiong Liu

Associate Professor of History, Hunan Normal University, Changsha, P. R. China.

Xiong Liu's research interests include Cold War history and American foreign policy.


Xiaona Lu

PhD candidate at Department of History, Wuhan University, China

Research Interests: The Nazification of Germany; The Historical Reflection of War Responsible Contries; Sino-American Relations; The Strategic Cooperation of China and the U.S. during the Second World War; The Pacific War.


Lena Rudeck

PhD Student, International Max Planck Research School for Moral Economies of Modern Societies and Freie Universität, Berlin/Germany

Lena Rudeck's dissertation is about American, British and French soldiers‘ clubs in occupied Germany (1945-55). She analyzes them as sites of encounters between the occupiers and the occupied, emphasizing on the question of agency in occupied societies. The members of the Allied forces interacted off-duty with Germans in such spaces, while at the same time, these clubs gave the occupied population the opportunity to take part in another lifestyle: Germans could listen to jazz music, which had been forbidden under the National Socialists, and could explore different styles of clothing, dancing and behavior. Thus, a new repertoire of emotional practices arose which led to heated controversies in postwar Germany.

During her stay in Berkeley, she will analyze the collected material related to German jazz musicians in order to write the first chapter of the dissertation.


Jian Shi

PhD Dtudent, Department of Philosophy, Peking University, China

Representative Publications:

A View on the Motivations and the Substance behind the Qing Dynasty Debate around the Claim that “Wang Su Fabricated Family Words of Confucius(孔子家语)" from the Controversy between Zheng Xuan and Wang Su, Wenshi(文史), 2016(4).

The Analysis of the Addition of Five Characters in Family Words of Confucius Annonated by He Mengchun and some Relevant IssuesResearch of Chinese Literature, 2017(2).

Jialin Song

Master Student, Department of History, Beijing Normal University, China

Field of study: History of Tang Dynasty, Ancient Chinese History

Research Interests: The Literati Class in Tang Dynasty, The Animal Images in the Poetry of Tang Dynasty

Publications: The Social Background of the Prevalence of Literati Remuneration during the Tang Dynasty, Qianling Culture Research (乾陵文化研究), 2018, Volume 12, pp.240-248.


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.


Jiagang Yang

Ph.D. Candidate of Philosophy, School of Chinese Classics, Renmin University of China (RUC)

Research Interests: Unearthed documents and Chinese Classics; Chinese ancient ideology; ritual and belief


Xinhua Yin

Associate Professor of History, Hunan Normal University, China

Xinhua Yin currently performs research on the politics and foreign relations of China, especially modern China’s participation in the international conventions.


Jie Zhang

Associate Professor of History, Huaiyin Normal University, Jiangsu, China

Jie Zhang's research interests: Canal and Ancient Silk Road in the Qin and Han Dynasties in China