Rosenberg Institute Scholars

Launching the Rosenberg Institute Scholar Project in 2019

In the summer of 2019 the Rosenberg Institute Advisory Council, a group of faculty and administrators from across the University, approved the launch of a new project for the Rosenberg Institute. The new initiative was to recruit exemplary scholars to advance the research and education of Asian studies at Suffolk University, while helping to increase the institution’s profile nationally and internationally. The project was under the direction of Ronald Suleski, professor in History and director of the Rosenberg Institute, working with members of the Rosenberg Institute Advisory Council: Micky Lee, professor of Communication,Journalism & Media, chair of the Council;  Audrey Goldstein, professor of Art & Design; Patricia Hogan, associate professor and director of the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability; Gregory Jabaut, director of International Programs and Services; Jane Zhen Zhu, professor of Marketing, Sawyer Business School. Maria Toyoda, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, also participated in the design of the project and selection of the candidates.

We carried out a recruiting campaign between October and December 2019, in cooperation with the East-West Center at the University of Hawai’i and the Association for Asian Studies.  Their mailing lists reach both US domestic and international scholars.  We were seeking doctoral scholars, researching a broad contemporary policy issue of general concern to the international public. We received many queries (over 100) from interested scholars all over the world, and by the deadline in December 2019 received 66 completed applications.

The applications were reviewed by Advisory Council members in December 2019 and January 2020.  The quality of applicants and their projects was very high.  We decided to appoint four Rosenberg Institute Scholars from the initial round of recruiting, their affiliation with the Rosenberg Institute to be from January 2020 to December 2021.  We ask each Scholar to state their affiliation in all of their publications and public appearances during this period. They serve in rotation as Rosenberg Institute Scholars, each for a one semester appointment.

Of the four selected scholars in the first round were two males and two females, two from large research universities and two from smaller institutions. Each Rosenberg Institute Scholar is tasked to prepare a written paper of original research and conclusions, which to be presented to the Rosenberg Institute at the end of their six month appointment, and to be published on the Rosenberg Institute website.

Each scholar will be invited to visit the Suffolk campus within one year of their appointment (at a time mutually agreed), to participate in meetings with Suffolk faculty and students, in both public and in-classroom settings. Each scholar will receive an honorarium. In addition, we ask that they arrange for wider public dissemination of the research findings of each paper, such as through an op-ed piece in a major newspaper or influential publication, or an appearance before the public sponsored by Suffolk or an appropriate organization. The Covid-19 pandemic altered these plans somewhat as regards the possible inability to invite our Scholars to the Suffolk campus or to hold large face-to-face classes because of the extensive on-line teaching adopted in March 2020.

Rosenberg Institute Scholars 2020-2021

Min Ye 葉敏, Associate Professor at Boston University. Her research topic is: “U.S.-China Competition in the post-Covid-19 World: Globalization at a Cross-roads.” January-June 2020.

Min received her BA from Beijing University, her MA from the University of South Carolina, and her PhD from Princeton University. Her books include: The Belt Road and Beyond: State-Mobilized Globalization in China: 1998–2018 (Cambridge University Press 2020); Diasporas and Foreign Direct Investment in China and India (Cambridge University Press, 2014); The Making of Northeast Asia (with Kent Calder, Stanford University Press, 2010)

Jason Kirk. Associate Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies at Elon University, North Carolina. His research topic is: “Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and World Bank in India: Deference or Displacement in Development Assistance.”  September -December 2020.

He received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. His book on this topic is: India and the World Bank: The Politics of Aid and Influence (London, New York and Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010, 2011).

Hanzhang Liu 劉含章. Assistant Professor, Pitzer College, Claremont, California.  Her research topic is: “Women Leadership in Chinese Politics and Female Empowerment.”  January-June 2021.

She received her BA from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, an MA and MPhil from Columbia University, and her PhD from Columbia University.

She is preparing a book manuscript with the working title “Upward Mobility and Authoritarian Stability: Merit-Based Elite Recruitment in China.” She has a published the articles , “The Logic of Authoritarian Political Selection: Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment in China,” Political Science Research and Methods, 7. 4 (2019), 853-870, and (with Yuhua Wang), “Becoming Political Candidates in China: Elite University Network and Selectoral Advantage,” Social Science Research Network (May 2019).

Victor Seow 蕭建業. Assistant Professor, Harvard University. His research topic is “Scientific Management in China’s Industry.”  September-December 2021.

He received his BA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and his PhD from Harvard University.

He is working on his first book titled “Carbon Technocracy: Energy Regimes in Modern East Asia.” He has published the academic articles “Fuels and Flows: Rethinking Histories of Transportation and Mobility through Energy,” Transfers:

Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 4.3 (Winter 2014): 112-116, and  “Socialist Drive: The First Auto Works and the Contradictions of Connectivity in the Early People’s Republic of China,” Journal of Transport History 35.2, special issue on Histories of Transport, Mobility, and Environment (December 2014): 145-161.