Sam Gonzales was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 with dual B.A. in History and Chinese. Sam is interested in how script reform in China has reflected internal and external social, cultural, and political pressures in the modern era. His undergraduate research focused on the development of writing systems from a world history perspective and the discourse of script reform in China to the present. As a senior, Sam interned at a joint Chinese-American company helping to place Chinese exchange students in American homestays and translating Chinese documents. After graduation, Sam spent a year in Yunnan, China on a Fulbright grant researching the development and use of writing among the Yi minority. Beyond academics, Sam enjoys reading, video games, playing guitar and learning to cook.