BA (South China Normal University); M.A, Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
Associate Professor, Department of History, CUHK
Research Associate, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
Professor He is a China specialist and historian of modern and contemporary Chinese society and politics. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and conducted her postdoctoral research at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies as a SSHRC fellow (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). Her first book Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China was named one of the Top Five China Books of 2014 by the Asia Society’s China File. The book has been reviewed in the New York Review of Books, the Christian Science Monitor, the Human Rights Quarterly, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, the New Statesman, the Spectator, the Journal of East Asian Libraries, the China Journal, and other international periodicals. In 2018, she was selected as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at Princeton. In 2022, she was awarded a National Humanities Center fellowship and will be in residence as a Luce Asia Fellow working on her next book on historical memory and power, and their implications for youth values, identity, and citizenship. She is also a current research associate of Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.
Before joining CUHK in 2019, Professor He has taught at Harvard University, Wellesley College, and Saint Michael’s College. She received the Harvard University Certificate of Teaching Excellence for three consecutive years for the seminars that she created on the 1989 Tiananmen Movement and its aftermath. At CU, she received the Faculty of Arts Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010 and 2011.
Professor He speaks widely within and beyond the academy. She has given invited talks in academic institutions including Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, SOAS at the University of London, the University of Heidelberg, and the University of Toronto. The interdisciplinary nature of her work is reflected in her invited talks at such institutions as the Harvard Law School, New York University Law School, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has been a keynote speaker for the Canada Human Rights National Symposium, testified at a U.S. Congressional hearing, and delivered lectures for the U.S. State Department and the Canada International Council. Her scholarly opinions are regularly sought by international media. She has been interviewed by the ABC (Australia), ABC (U.S.), Asahi Shimbun (Japan), AI Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC, Boston Globe, Boston Public Radio, CBC, CNN, Christian Science Monitor, CTV, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Globe and Mail, Guardian, Harvard Gazette, Harvard Magazine, Harvard Political Review, Inside Higher Education, Le Monde, London Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR, National Geographic, NBC, the New York Times, Public Radio International, Radio Free Asia, Radio Canada International, Reuters, Time, Times Higher Education, and other international media. Her op-eds have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Nation, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, the Taiwan Insight, and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies. Her profile interview with the New York Times Chinese edition was ranked the Top 3 Most Popular Original Articles of 2016. She was designated among the Top 100 Chinese Public Intellectuals of 2016.
Selected Interviews on Research and Teaching
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