Jingkai graduated from Cornell University magna cum laude with a BA in Government and Classics. His undergraduate honors thesis received the Government department’s Lieutenant David Chrystall Prize for the best essay or treatise dealing with diplomacy, international relations or the preservation of peace. In his time at Cornell, he especially enjoyed taking classes that critically examine the relationship between the past and the present, especially how modern categories, assumptions, and modes of thought shaped our understandings of ancient history.
Jingkai hopes to spend his two years at Yale engaging with a wide variety of topics in East Asian studies. His current research interest includes racism in international relations theory and the construction of Chinese national identity via modern historiography and state-building efforts. Outside of academics, Jingkai is an avid reader who also loves cooking and exploring the outdoors. Upon graduation, he hopes to enter the professional field.