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Yuliana Dementyevaread bio
Yuliana comes from Russia and has experience living in London and Hong Kong. She has a Bachelor degree with Distinction in International Relations from Moscow State University. Prior to joining the Yenching Academy, she studied for a MSc in China in a Comparative Perspective at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Throughout her studies, Yuliana has been actively involved in academic debate on Chinese foreign policy and economics, particularly energy relations with Russia on which she published several articles. Her current research interests lie in the area of development studies and include China’s quest for domestic innovations and sustainable economic growth. Yuliana’s concentration at the Yenching Academy is Economics and Management and she hopes to conduct extensive field research on development strategies of Chinese major companies such as Huawei, exploring their success and failures in producing functioning innovations. Yuliana is proficient in English and Mandarin, has a passion for astronomy and enjoys visits to observatories during her free time.
Deng Chengchengread bio
Deng Chengcheng studied Social Work at Sun Yat-Sen University. As an undergraduate, she was awarded many scholarships, including the National Scholarship and the Outstanding Student Scholarship. While at SYSU, she was also actively involved in university life as the Deputy Secretary of the Communist Youth League, and hosted several large-scale events and competitions, such as the Social Survey Competition and a cultural exploration activity in Guangdong Province. Deng’s academic interests include social stratification, social inequity and social mobility.
Joost van Deutekomread bio
Joost van Deutekom is completed an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, focusing on Chinese politics and foreign policy. Previously Joost graduated from Radboud University with a degree in Political Science, studied for a year at the Università degli Studi di Siena as an Erasmus student and interned at the Political Department of the Dutch Embassy in London. At the Yenching Academy he is focusing on the domestic sources of Chinese foreign policy and he hopes to further improve his Mandarin.
Ding Lingxiaoread bio
Ding Lingxiao graduated from Peking University with a double major in International Political Economy and Economics. His research interests focused on China’s economic transition and the government’s role in it. At the Yenching Academy he is strengthening his multi-disciplinary background in economics and politics by furthering his research on China and gaining solid insight into the prospects for the country’s economic transition.
Max-Sebastian Doviread bio
Max-Sebastian Dovì graduated from graduated from Bocconi University with a degree in Economics, and simultaneously completed a second undergraduate degree in International Relations and Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, as well as a graduate diploma in Mathematics from the London School of Economics. Max-Sebastian is a dual German-Italian citizen, growing up in both Genoa and Berlin before moving to Scotland for his studies. Building on his nine-month stay in Beijing and Shanghai as an exchange student, at the Yenching Academy he is interested in pursuing research related to the (International) Political Economy of China. More generally, he is interested in studying the likely development of trade relationships between Europe and China in a time where the two economies are becoming increasingly structurally similar and hence are (ostensibly) entering into greater competition with each other. Concretely, he is presently interested in researching the effects of China’s restructuring its economy along ‘green’ lines and the implications this will have for Sino-European environmental cooperation. He also wishes to take advantage of his stay at the Yenching Academy to improve his Chinese and become familiar with novel paradigmatic approaches to the philosophical issues he studied at St Andrews.
Bruno Kern Duarteread bio
Bruno Kern Duarte studied International Relations at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil, graduating with a thesis on the Chinese Political System. Bruno worked at the Center for International Studies on Government, in the area of International Security, where he researched Chinese foreign and security policies. During his undergraduate career, he received a scholarship to study Mandarin for a calendar year at the Communication University of China. He then spent time living in Beijing while finishing research for his Master’s in International Strategic Studies at UFRGS. His thesis was about the political challenges of the Chinese economic transition. At the Yenching Academy, Bruno will focus his studies on the political aspects of Chinese economic development.
Gökhan Erread bio
Gökhan Er studied Economics at Boğazici University, Istanbul, with a minor in International Relations and Political Science. At Boğaziçi, he actively participated in the school newspaper as editor-in-chief, and interned at NGOs such as Transparency International. He later became a Confucius Institute Scholar in Shanghai University’s non-degree Chinese language program. His interest in Chinese culture is not only limited to linguistics. He also focuses on the media landscape in China and the political economy of Asia-Pacific countries too. Gökhan is pursuing his interest in international relations and politics through his studies at the Yenching Academy.
Nikita Ermakovread bio
Nikita Ermakov graduated from the Saint Petersburg University, Russia, where he completed his Master’s degree in Economics. His academic experience includes three years of studying at Ajou University and The Catholic University of Korea, where his classes were held in Korean. At the completion of his time in Korea he received a B.A. from Ajou University. Nikita is interested in sports and has also participated in competitions for his university swimming team. He has studied Chinese before, so he plans to improve his language skills and learn Cantonese. Nikita worked at the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency in Saint Petersburg as a marketing manager. He likes to work with an international team and develop business connections. His main research interests include: international marketing strategies in Asia and foreign direct investments to Hong Kong. At the Yenching Academy, he will continue to focus on investment policies of China and other East Asian countries.
Yagmur Ersanread bio
Yagmur Ersan received her B.S. degree in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey and also received her M.A. degree from the same university and department. Yagmur has worked on China-Africa relations within the context of South-South cooperation, and as a case study she focused on China-South African relations in her dissertation. She has worked at the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK), which is one of the largest and most well-known think tanks in Turkey. She has also studied Chinese at National Chengchi University in Taipei. Her main areas of interest are Chinese foreign policy, energy politics, and Asian affairs. At the Yenching Academy, she is focusing on Chinese Foreign Policy.
Hannah Feldshuhread bio
Hannah Feldshuh graduated Phi Beta Kappa in April 2016 from the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts with high honors in Asian Language and Cultures and International Studies. Her honors thesis, entitled “Gender, Sexism, And Marriage Practice in Contemporary China: A Study Of “Shengnü” (“Leftover Women”) In Popular Media” explored the impact of language on media representation, gender roles, power dynamics, and social control. As an undergraduate, Hannah interned at the United States Trade Representative China desk and at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Simon Chair in Political Economy. As the Asia Regional Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Affairs, Hannah enjoyed working with peers to research, write, and edit articles analyzing international issues. In summer 2016, she served as a Critical Language Scholar in Suzhou, China. At the Yenching Academy, Hannah is excited to explore the intersection of language, popular media, and public policy.