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Jian Gao 高堅

Jian Gao 高堅

Degree

PhD

Specialty

  • Modern Mexican History
  • Chinese Diaspora
  • Transnational / Immigration History
  • Latin American History
  • Asian American Studies

Bio

Education

2021-2024       Ph.D. History, University of Texas, Austin (expected)

2019-2021       M.A. History, University of Texas, Austin (expected)

2017-2019       M.A. Applied Linguistics / TESOL, University of Alabama, 4.0

2014-2016       B.A. History (with Honors Thesis), University of Alabama (Honors College), Summa Cum Laude, 4.0

2014-2016       B.A. Spanish, University of Alabama (Honors College), Summa Cum Laude, 4.0

Book Manuscript in-progress

Re-imagining Borders: The Transpacific Chinese Mexicans during the Early Twentieth Century (Finished chapter 1 and 2; prospectively done in Summer, 2021; intend to submit to University of New Mexico Press)

Refereed Journal Articles

2019      “Restoring the Chinese Voice during Mexican Sinophobia, 1919-1934,” The Latin
                Americanist 63, no. 1 (2019): 48-72.

  •     Winner, The Edward H. Moseley Student Paper Award, Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies

—-          “Vicious Criminals and Desperate Pariahs?: Re-examining Chinese Tongs in Mexico” (in progress; prospectively done in August 2019; intend to submit to Mexican Studies / Estudios Mexicanos)

—-         “Yinxin and Qiaopi: Family Letters in the Making of Chinese Mexicans” (Finished archival source collection, in preparation)

—-         “墨西哥毒品管制与美墨边境的博弈与战略,” 医疗社会史研究 / Journal of the Social History of Medicine and Health (secondary research field; in-preparation)

Book Reviews

2020        Review of Megan Ryburn, Uncertain Citizenship: Everyday Practices of Bolivian Migrants in Chile, in Bulletin of Latin  American Research (in-progress)

2020        Review of Anna Paulina Lee, Mandarin Brazil: Race, Representation, and Memory, in Brasiliana – Journal for Brazilian         Studies (tentative)

2019        Review of Julian Lim, Porous Borders: Multiracial Migrations and the Law in the U.S.-
Mexico borderlands, in Mexican Studies / Estudios Mexicanos 35, no.1 (2019): 115-117.

2019          Review of Fredy González, Chinos Paisanos: Transpacific Politics among Chinese
Immigrants in Mexico, in Journal of Asian American Studies (accepted; forthcoming June 2019)

2019         Review of Jason Oliver Chang, Chino: Anti-Chinese Racism in Mexico, 1880-1940, in
                Journal of Latin American Studies 51, no. 2 (2019): 477-479.

2019         Review of Mary Lynn Bayliss, The Dooleys of Richmond: An Irish Immigrant Family in the Old and New South, in Southern                     Historian XL, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 76-78.

Other Scholarly Writings

2016      “Las críticas al cristianismo en Don Quijote,” written for SP 491 Don Quijote; published in Academia (Over 500 readers across the world). [link]

2019      ¿Una “bella” modela o una “bonita” modela?: Percibiendo los matices semánticos entre sinónimos “bella” y “bonita” written for SP 523 Spanish Linguistics; published in Academia

Invited Talks

2019    “当代跨国史、移民史与泛边界史的最新动向——以墨西哥华人移民史为例” [The Newest Dynamics of Transnational History, Immigration History, and Borderlands History—Using the History of Chinese Immigrants in Mexico as An Example], Center for Latin American Studies, Shanghai University

2019    “Re-conceptualizing Historical Inquiry as a Reference to the Present,” Emerging Scholars Series, University of Alabama

2018  “El fonema /s/ en el español,” SP 484 La introducción a la lingüística española, Department of Modern Languages and Classics, University of Alabama

Conference Presentations

2020   “Qiaokan: Re-inventing Chinese Mexican Experiences through Ethnic Publications,” RMCLAS (in-preparation)

2020   “Yinxin and Qiaopi: Family Letters in the Making of Chinese Mexicans,” 67th Annual Conference of Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin. (in-preparation)

2020    “Re-imagining Borders: The Transpacific Chinese Mexicans during the Early Twentieth Century,” European Association of Latin American History (AHILA), Paris. (in-preparation)

2019    “Vicious Criminals and Desperate Pariahs?: Chinese Tongs in Mexico,” 66th Annual Conference of Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies, Instituto Cultural Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.

2019     “Huiguans and Tongs: An Examination of the Chinese Social Organizations in Mexico, 1910-1950,” 11th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

2019    “Discerning Nuances among fast/quick/swift/rapid and their adverbial counterparts using COCA,” The 9th Annual the University of Alabama Languages Conference, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

2018    “Locating the Chinese Voice in Mexican History,” Three Minute Thesis, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. (Finalist)

2018    “Unite and Fight: Chinese Transpacific Resistance against Mexican Sinophobia during the Early Twentieth Century,” 10th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

2018    “Restoring the Chinese Voice during Mexican Sinophobia, 1919-1934,” 65th Annual Conference of Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

2015    “From Macacos to Paisanos: The History of Chinese Peruvians, 1847–1956,” Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Conference, University of Alabama, AL.

Grants and Fellowships (*signifies external; bold signifies extremely competitive or prestigious)

2019                  *Affiliated Fellow, David F. Musto Center for Drugs and National Security Studies, Shanghai University

2019                  *Predoctoral Visiting Scholar Fellowship (Summer), Shanghai University

2019                  Graduate Research Travel Grant (to PRC), University of Alabama

2019                  Research Travel Grant (to PRC), Capstone International Center, University of Alabama (pending)

2019-2024    Donald D. Harrington Doctoral Fellowship, University of Texas, Austin

2019                  Research Travel Grant (to Oaxaca, Mexico), Capstone International Center, University of Alabama

2019                  Graduate Council Fellowship, Department of History & Graduate School, University of Alabama (declined to receive Harrington)

2019                  Graduate Conference Travel Grant (to Oaxaca, Mexico), University of Alabama

2018                  Graduate Conference Travel Grant (to Nashville, TN) , University of Alabama

2018                  Graduate Research Travel Grant (to Mexico City), University of Alabama

2018                  Research Travel Grant (to Mexico City), Capstone International Center, University of Alabama

Awards and Scholarships (*signifies external; bold signifies extremely competitive or prestigious)

2019                 *The Edward H. Moseley Student Paper Award, Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies

2018                 *Spain Hickman Estess Award, Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa

2018                 People’s Choice Award, Three Minute Thesis, Graduate School, University of Alabama

2018                 *Richmond Brown Award for Graduate Student Scholarship, Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS)

2018                 Buford Boone Memorial Scholarship, Department of English, University of Alabama

2017-2019       Emerson R. Loomis Endowed Scholarship, Department of English, University of Alabama

2017               Distinguished Undergraduate Scholar, University of Alabama

2017                 The George Griffin Brownell Sr. Award for Excellence in Spanish / Outstanding Overall Undergraduate Student in     Spanish, Department of Modern Language and Classics, University of Alabama (unable to receive due to early graduation)

2016                Undergraduate History Honors Student for Superior Achievement in History, Department of History, University of Alabama

2016                Weinberg Black Scholarships in History, Department of History, University of Alabama

2016                Premio Jorge Luis Borges / Outstanding student at the 300 level in Spanish, Department of Modern Languages and   Classics, University of Alabama

2016                The Barrett and Tolly Shelton Endowed Scholarship, Honors College, University of Alabama

2015                Dr. Howard Jones Endowed Scholarship, Department of History, University of Alabama

2014-2016       Foundation of Excellence Scholarship, University of Alabama

2014-2016       Mary Petrea Marsh & Albert Hopkins Marsh Memorial Scholarship, University of Alabama

2014-2016       Alumni Scholarship Award, University of Alabama

2014-2016       Member of the Honors College, University of Alabama

2014-2016       President’s List (every semester at the University of Alabama), University of Alabama

Language Skills

*indicates fluency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing

*English (Native-like / Primary Language): GRE Verbal (97%)

*Chinese (Native / Mother Tongue): Lived in China birth-2001, 2004-2009

*Spanish (Full Professional Fluency): B.A. Major (see transcript); learned since 8th grade

French (Intermediate): classes taken: FR 101, 102, 201; FR 322 (Advanced French Grammar)

Professional Memberships

Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS)

Harrington Fellowship Society (lifetime member)

 

“学如逆水行舟,不进则退” (Learning is akin to rowing a boat against the waves: no progression means regression)