Ph.D. Candidate Xiaoshun Zeng, a specialist on China and an affiliate of the Southeast Asia Center, has won a Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship. The fellowship, awarded by the Social Science Research Council, is an extremely competitive award given to 80 participants globally each year.
After receiving the news Zeng said: “I’m excited to receive this Fellowship for the academic year 2016-2017. I’ll use this award to fund my archival and field research in China next year. My dissertation project, tentatively entitled, ‘Diagnosing Minorities: Ethnic Hygiene and Nation-state Building in the People’s Republic of China,’ will study the history of public health and medicine in China’s ethnic minority regions during the early PRC period.”
The purpose of the award is to support innovative research, nurture new generations of social scientists, deepen how inquiry is practiced within and across disciplines, and mobilize necessary knowledge on important public issues.