Current Graduate Students

This page provides a small selection of profiles of those students who have volunteered to be mentioned on the website. If you are a current graduate student at the University of Oxford pursuing a degree related to China and you would like your profile to be listed here, please let us know.

Thomas P. Barrett 白瑞唐 (DPhil Candidate in Oriental Studies, Magdalen College)

Thomas is an AHRC-funded DPhil student in the Faculty of Oriental Studies. Before moving to Oxford to work with Professor Henrietta Harrison, Thomas began his PhD at the University of Tokyo, where he was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science DC2 Research Fellow. His specialism lies in the history of late imperial and early modern China’s international relations and transnational encounters. His DPhil thesis seeks to evaluate the significance of Western middlemen who were employed in late Qing and early Republican China’s legations and consulates, as a means to trace the professionalisation and institutionalisation of Western European diplomacy in the early modern Chinese context. Part of the project was recently published in the renowned Japanese journal Tōyō Gakuhō 東洋学報, and more publications are forthcoming in both Japanese and French. Thomas is also an active academic translator, working with both Japanese and Chinese. The project he was most recently involved with was the English-language version of Okamoto Takashi, ed., A World History of Suzerainty: A Modern History of East and West Asia and Translated Concepts (Tokyo: Toyo Bunko, 2019) [岡本隆司編『宗主権の世界史―東西アジアの近代と翻訳概念』名古屋大学出版会、2014年], in which feature his translations of chapters by Okamoto Takashi and Morita Yoshihiko.  For an overview of Thomas’ publications and translations, please see his Academia page here.

Kate Costello (DPhil Candidate in Oriental Studies, St Hugh’s College)

Kate Costello is a DPhil Candidate in Oriental Studies, working on metalinguistic play and bilingualism in the context of modern and contemporary Chinese literature and visual arts. Funded by the Oxford-Mok Graduate Scholarship, her current research locates itself at the critical juncture between area studies, comparative literature, and psycholinguistic criticism. Working under the supervision of Professor Margaret Hillenbrand, her doctoral project focuses on the relationship between bilingualism and linguistic experimentation, examining a wide spectrum of bilingual experience from the early stages of language acquisition to full proficiency. She is also Convener of the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation Discussion Group. Her research interests include cultural criticism, post-colonial studies, philosophy of language, linguistics, film theory and literary translation.

Annabella Massey (DPhil Candidate in Chinese Studies, Wadham College)

Annabella Massey is a DPhil candidate in Chinese Studies. Before coming to the University of Oxford, she worked in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan, on the JET Programme. She was involved in various academic and journalistic projects in Japan, serving as co-editor of the 2012 publication Japanese Literature and World Literature: A Symposium at Waseda University. She holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick. Her fiction and poetry have been featured in a number of publications, including the Salt Book of Younger Poets (Salt Publishing, 2011). She is particularly interested in modern and contemporary Chinese and Japanese literature, Chinese visual arts and film, and World Literature. Her MPhil dissertation examines the literary significance of the professional blood seller in modern Chinese fiction, concentrating on: Young Master Gets His Tonic by Wu Zuxiang; The Noodle Maker by Ma Jian; Chronicle of a Blood Merchant by Yu Hua; and Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke.

Mingde Wang (DPhil Candidate in International Relations, St Cross College)

Mingde Wang is reading for the DPhil in International Relations on a Marie Curie Fellowship associated with the PRIMO (Power and Regions in a Multipolar Order) project at the Department of Politics and International Relations. He has an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University, and has taught IR and Chinese politics in the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. His research interests include political psychology in international politics, decision-making and international security. His current research focuses on trust and hegemonic-rising power relations in major Cold War alliances of Asia-Pacific, such as the Sino-Soviet alliance and the US-Japan alliance.

Siu Yiu  (DPhil Candidate in Oriental Studies, Wolfson College)

Siu Yiu is studying for a DPhil in Oriental Studies under the supervision of Professor James Lewis and Professor Robert Chard. He holds an MPhil in Traditional East Asia from the University of Oxford, an MSc in History of International Relations from London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), and a BA majoring in International Politics and minoring in Philosophy from Peking University. The focus of Siu Yiu’s research is on China’s border policy in the early modern period and his DPhil dissertation examines the historical context and considerations behind the policy-making process.