Duke Kunshan University students face a cornucopia of choices when they arrive to study at Duke University. In this event, three Duke University professors present 10-minute sample lectures highlighting their highly popular undergraduate courses and take questions from students about studying social science at the university.
On Campus: IB 1046
Zoom ID: 917-0403-3650
Ralph Litzinger, associate professor of cultural anthropology, will present his course Global Apple: Life, Death, and the Digital Revolution. Litzinger’s early research focused on the culture and politics of ethnicity, nationalism, and post-socialism in China. He has published on Marxist nationality theory in China, on ethnic politics in the post-Cold War global order, on gender and ethnic representation, and on ethnographic film, photography, and popular culture. “Other Chinas: the Yao and the Politics of National Belonging” (Duke University Press, 2000) was the first major ethnographic study to examine the work and writing of minority intellectuals in the imagining of post-socialist futures. His more recent research engages with questions of border ecologies, bio-politics, activism and advocacy in labor, migrant education rights. He has published key essays on the transnational and media dimensions of anti-dam protest in southwest China; on global environmental NGOs and the privatization of nature; on self-immolation among Tibetans; on the transnational activism directed at Apple and the companies that source its supply chain; and on the emerging field of global media ecologies.
Jenifer Hamil-Luker, assistant professor of the practice of sociology, will present her course Mental Health. Hamil-Luker began teaching sociology courses 22 years ago and remains passionate about helping students discover connections between their personal lives and larger social forces in the world around them. Her research and teaching focus is health and crime, exploring how individual experiences earlier in life shape future trajectories over time and in social context. Hamil-Luker has been recognized repeatedly for her engaging teaching style and dedication to motivating students to reach their full academic and professional potentials.
Melanie Manion, Vor Broker Family Professor of Political Science at Duke and co-director of DKU’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China, will present her course Global Corruption. Manion studied philosophy and political economy at Peking University in the late 1970s, and Far Eastern studies at McGill University and the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. She has a doctorate in political science from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on contemporary authoritarianism, with empirical work on bureaucracy, corruption, information, and representation in China. Her most recent book, “Information for Autocrats” (Cambridge University Press, 2015), studies representation in Chinese local congresses, analyzing data from an original survey of some 5,000 local congressmen and women and their constituents. Previous publications include “Retirement of Revolutionaries in China” (Princeton University Press, 1993), “Corruption by Design” (Harvard University Press, 2004), and the co-edited “Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies” (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her articles appear in journals including American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and China Quarterly. She is an award-winning teacher.