Madeleine May Clinganread bio
Madeleine, a UK national with both Trinidadian and British heritage, graduated from the University of York where she studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. During her time as an undergraduate, she founded York Anti-Trafficking Student Group (YATS) with a group of peers, won five consecutive international and national Model United Nations ‘Best Delegate’ Awards for her debating and negotiation skills, and worked as a Policy Advisor in the UK Civil Service. Her interest in China spans back over five years, starting when she first conducted research into modern China’s economic and social reforms. In previous trips to the country, she lived in a small town in Zhejiang province and attended Zhejiang University as a Study China scholar. As a Yenching scholar, she studies the intersection of politics and law in social spheres. Her current research focuses on Chinese social enterprises and the social and environmental safeguards employed on Chinese overseas investment projects.
William TG Millerread bio
Will TG Miller was originally born in the United States, but grew up mostly in the UK. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, his dissertation revolved around issues of historical consciousness and the impact of collective memory on the national consciousness and ideology of Japan in the postwar period. Will TG's interests lie in comparative studies of motivational structures such as ideology, religion, culture, and civilization. His intended area of study at the Yenching Academy is Politics and International Relations, through which he hopes to examine the influence of culture and national narratives on China's foreign policy and relations with other states. Will TG has a longstanding interest in China, which is compounded by its nature as the home to a diverse range of ethnic, religious, and cultural groups and denominations. A long-term interest of his is the compatibility of Chinese foreign policy within an international system that is increasingly characterized by a degree of populism and strongman-ism. Will TG's research and writing is heavily interdisciplinary in nature, and while rooted in specific fields such as Asian or Middle-Eastern Studies, he draws heavily on fields such as psychology and philosophy of the psychoanalytic tradition. He is concurrently writing several books of this nature on a number of topics.
Jessica Reillyread bio
Jessica graduated with first class honours from Emmanuel College, the University of Cambridge, where she was also elected President of her Student Union. After completion of her first degree, she worked as a strategy consultant before beginning a postgraduate course in Chinese studies at SOAS University in London. Her current thesis investigates the influence of corporates in the pharmaceutical industry on the Chinese domestic health market. Jessica grew up between the U.S., the UK and Singapore. Her numerous internships, including with the British Foreign Office’s Chevening Scholarship, inspired her interest in diplomacy and cross-cultural communication. At the Yenching Academy, Jessica is pursuing Politics and International Relations as her research area. She hopes to focus further on the role of transnational corporations in the global policy environment, and more specifically on Anglo-Chinese bilateral ties.