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Associate Hanchao Lu selected for Harvard Fellowship

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Hanchao Lu Selected as 2013-2014 Radcliffe Institute Fellow

Cambridge, Mass.—The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has selected Hanchao Lu to be a Radcliffe Institute fellow for the 2013–2014 academic year. Hanchao Lu is among the 49 artists and scholars who will have a year of discovery to write books, create art, pioneer research, and bring together theory and practice.

During the 2013¬–2014 academic year, Hanchao Lu will join women and men from Harvard and around the world to pursue projects across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Only 5 percent of applicants were accepted to the fellowship program, an admission rate comparable to that of Harvard College.

Dean Lizabeth Cohen, a former Radcliffe fellow herself, explained, “We provide innovative thinkers with the time and space to follow new ideas wherever they lead. Most scholars and artists are consumed with teaching responsibilities, administrative duties, and short-term deadlines for producing work, so a year at Radcliffe helps them reconnect with their intellectual and artistic passions and helps the public benefit from their brilliance.”

Hanchao Lu is a professor of history in the School of History, Technology, and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology. At the Radcliffe Institute, he will study the pattern of state and society relations in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) through the lens of everyday life in Shanghai in the first thirty years of Communist rule.

Hanchao Lu indicates that his project is historical by discipline but also fundamentally interdisciplinary. “This social and cultural history of Shanghai will have robust connections with sociology, anthropology, political science, literature, economics, and, to some extent, women’s studies. In that regard, Radcliffe’s multidisciplinary environment will be of great benefit to my research.”

Contact: Karla Strobel
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
karla_strobel@harvard.radcliffe.edu | 617-495-8608

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