2016 Yenching Scholars
Beba Cibralic

Beba Cibralic

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Beba Cibralic is a graduate of Wellesley College who spent her junior year abroad studying at the University of Oxford. She is from Sydney, Australia, but has roots in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She completed a double major in Philosophy and Political Science, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha. She wrote a thesis in philosophy on applying Just War Theory to the U.S.'s strategy in fighting ISIL/Daesh, has published on humanitarian intervention, and has presented at academic conferences in both the UK and in the U.S. on topics in ethics and political theory. She is passionate about language learning, and is on her way to becoming fluent in Russian and Spanish. Her concentration at the Yenching Academy is in Politics and International Relations. She is specifically interested in the history of Chinese diplomacy, U.S.-China relations, and contemporary political philosophy in China. 


Sam Hall

Sam Hall

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Sam Hall is an Australian who graduated from the University of Sydney with majors in Economics, Chinese and Quantitative Analytics. During and following the completion of his undergraduate degree, Sam lived, worked, travelled and studied in various locations across China. Above all, however, it is language and (chiefly post-1911) literature that continue to interest him most strongly. At the Yenching Academy, Sam intends to more deeply study Comparative Literature and Philology in the Chinese context to inform his research into Chinese culture, national narratives, and their impact on China’s approach to international discourse and norm setting. In 2016, Sam lived in Germany as part of a sabbatical year, during which he pursued German language learning, wider reading, and travel.