Prestigious analysis program:
June 1, 2021
As a instructor and mentor to Emily Matson ’12 and Austin Unusual ’12 at William & Mary, Emily Wilcox was influential in guiding them down their paths of Chinese language research scholarship.
Almost a decade later, the three are reunited as recipients of a prestigious 2021 Wilson China Fellowship.
“It’s thrilling,” mentioned Wilcox, an affiliate professor of Chinese language research at W&M. “The subsequent era of scholars at the moment are my colleagues, in order that’s all the time an ideal feeling.”
The Wilson China Fellowship is a China-focused non-residential fellowship supporting the following era of American scholarship on China. It’s made potential by the assist of the Carnegie Company of New York.
“It’s notably particular to affix two different members of the W&M neighborhood as Wilson China Fellows,” mentioned Unusual, who earned his Ph.D. in authorities at Harvard College and is an assistant professor on the College of Hong Kong and a fellow within the Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program.
“Emily Matson and I spent hours in Swem Library writing our honors theses collectively, and I’m grateful for the prospect to reconnect along with her by way of the Wilson China Fellowship.”
Wilcox served as honors thesis advisor to each Unusual and Matson.
“It’s extremely particular for me to be part of the identical cohort as Emily Wilcox and Austin Unusual,” mentioned Matson, who earned her Ph.D., in Chinese language historical past on the College of Virginia in fall 2020.
“Emily Wilcox had an amazing affect on me once I was at William & Mary. She was my senior thesis advisor and was and continues to be a task mannequin for me. Her ardour for learning twentieth century China impressed me largely to proceed my research into graduate faculty.”
A outstanding feat
The 25-member class of 2021 Wilson China Fellows contains students and practitioners working in a various vary of policy-relevant problem areas important to understanding the rise of China and its implications for the USA and the world.
“This 12 months, we may have three individuals who have studied or labored within the W&M Chinese language Research program represented on this very aggressive and prestigious analysis program—it’s a outstanding feat,” mentioned Michael Hill, director of Chinese language research at W&M.
Wilcox, who not too long ago returned to W&M after eight years instructing on the College of Michigan, is a number one scholar of Chinese language dance, notably within the 20th and 21st centuries. She utilized for the Wilson China Fellowship to develop into extra linked with the D.C.-area tutorial neighborhood.
She needs to develop into extra engaged in public discourse and public-facing scholarship about China.
The Wilson China Fellowship will permit Wilcox to proceed work on a e book that explores Inter-Asia solidarity and the way that’s represented by way of efficiency, particularly dance.
“I wish to discover how we will perceive China’s curiosity in Inter-Asian and Afro-Asian solidarity by way of the lens of cultural practices like performing arts,” Wilcox mentioned.
Matson and Unusual reached close to native stage of fluency within the Chinese language language throughout their time as W&M undergraduates.
They each studied overseas in Beijing for the 2010-11 tutorial 12 months, and each have been Worldwide Peer Leaders for worldwide orientation after getting back from China.
“They stood out as a result of their Chinese language language expertise have been stellar they usually went out and accomplished their Ph.D.s and are embarking on careers as students within the area of Chinese language research,” Wilcox mentioned.
“It reveals that William & Mary’s program is coaching teachers and specialists in Chinese language research. Despite the fact that we don’t have our personal Ph.D. program, our undergraduate program in Chinese language research is giving college students the abilities they should go to prime stage tutorial packages and obtain their Ph.D.s and go into the sector.”
Matson’s Wilson China Fellowship venture is known as, “From Regional to Nationwide: Northeastern Students and the Nationwide Discourse on the Battle of Resistance In opposition to Japan.”
“My venture offers with the memorialization of the Battle of Resistance in opposition to Japan by the Chinese language Communist Social gathering,” Matson mentioned. “Specifically, I take a look at how Northeastern voices in China have contributed to a shifting timeline of the conflict.”
Unusual’s Wilson China Fellowship venture is known as, “Recreation Changers? China’s Excessive-Profile Worldwide Growth Initiatives.”
“My venture builds on a number of years of earlier, collaborative work with colleagues at W&M’s International Analysis Institute and AidData, and deploys a mixture of unique, project-level knowledge assortment and cross-national surveys in Asia and Africa to check the allocation and reception of China’s high-profile improvement initiatives overseas,” Unusual mentioned.