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Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor

MA student in Chinese

EASC FLAS recipient Michael O'Connor doesn't mess around when it comes to studying China. After receiving his BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michael studied at the Mandarin Training Center at National Taiwan Normal University where he was also a part of the department's boat team for the Dragon Boat Festival. He then moved to Xi'an in the People's Republic of China where he found himself working as an editor at Huawei. In his first year at IU, he used his FLAS Scholarship to study fifth-year Chinese and Literary Chinese and was also elected the department graduate student representative for the GPSO. This year he is serving as an area studies AI for the EALC department -- an experience he finds as rewarding as it is challenging. Michael is currently interested in studying Chinese nationalism, specifically in relation to how nationalistic Chinese intellectuals may view or construct concepts of race, history, and so-called "traditional" culture alongside China's economic rise and newfound confidence in global politics.

Graduate Students

Current Students, S - Z
A - I | J - R | S - Z


Katherine Schramm
Ph.D. student, Folklore and Ethnomusicology
Research Interests: Okinawan festivals

Kazuhide Takeuchi
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese language pedagogy

Emily Tardiff
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy

Alexander Wald
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language

Sheng-Yu Wang
Ph.D. student, Education
Research Interests: Literacy, culture, and language education

Hsiang-Ning Wang
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy

Allessandra Watson
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese language

Edwin Way
Ph.D. student, Political Science
Research Interests: Chinese political economy

Julia Whyde
Ph.D. student, Comparative Literature
Research Interests: English, Chinese, and Spanish medieval religious literature

Jihyeon Won
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese politics; East Asian political economy

Xiaosu Xue

M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy

Lu Yin
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy

Lijun Zhang
Ph.D. student, Folklore & Ethnomusicology
Research Interests: Relationship between vernacular culture and heritage tourism; Hakka dwellings of Hongkeng village, southeast China.

Xiaomeng Zhang
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy

Huiqi Zhou
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy