Christopher Gerteis (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is a historian of modern and contemporary Japan with subspecialties in the histories of modern China, East Asia, and the modern World. Dr. Gerteis is recipient of several research grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Japanese Ministry of Education, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. While at CEAS, he revised for publication his book, entitled “ ‘We Should Build Family Unions’: Gender, Nation, and the Radical Unions of Postwar Japan,” which examines how the social status of wage-earning Japanese women was eroded in part by national union leaders who refused to let go of their belief that women should play a subordinate role in Japan’s postwar democracy.
Yifan Zhang came to the United States after earning a B.A. (1994) and a M.A. in economics (1997) at Renmin University in China. He completed his Ph.D. in the summer of 2005 at the Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, writing a dissertation titled “Essays on Vertical Specialization, Competition and Industry Dynamics in China’s Manufacturing Sector.” While at Yale University, Zhang conducted research for his project “Compensating the Losers: The Political Economy of Trade Liberalization in Post-WTO China.” In spring 2006, he taught a course titled “Economic Growth in East Asia.”