Madeleine May Clinganread bio
Madeleine (Maddie) Clingan has both a British and Trinidadian heritage, and lived her early years in Brighton, United Kingdom. It was here that she acquired a fascination with Chinese history and the development of modern Chinese society. At age eighteen, she completed her first academic research project in this area, subsequently undertaking an independent visit to China, where she spent time in a small urban town in Zhejiang Province to gain authentic, first-hand insights. Maddie is currently in the final year of her undergraduate degree at the University of York, where she triple-majors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. The diverse and global nature of her degree has allowed her to pursue her passion for both international law and Chinese philosophy. In addition to her studies, she has completed an internship with the UK Civil Service Fast Stream. Moreover, at university, she established York Anti-Human Trafficking Student Group (YATS) with a group of peers, and also played a major role in the Model United Nations movement, serving on the Society Executive of United Nations Association York. Attending a range of different European conferences, she won five consecutive international and national Model United Nations ‘Best Delegate’ Awards for her debating and negotiation skills. In addition, Maddie co-chaired and led an innovative international simulation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank for 50 delegates in Hamburg, Germany. At the Yenching Academy, she is looking forward to researching Law and Society. Her focus will be on Chinese public and corporate policies regarding consumer, labour, and environmental protection, and their impact on global standards of social responsibility.
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.