John is a first year Ph.D. student in History at Princeton. His main academic focus is the social and political history of twentieth-century China, particularly the Republican period from 1911-1949. His masters thesis, "Citizens' Diplomacy Movement: Civil Society in Response to the Washington Naval Conference of 1921-1922", explores transnational civil society groups and protests movements in warlord era China. His current research interests include socio-political organizational modes in the early 1920s, the comparative technological and political development of warlord polities, and the process of Chinese decolonization in the post-war period.
Born and raised in Boston, John received his A.B. in International Relations and East Asian Studies from Dartmouth College in 2010 and an M.Phil. in Modern Chinese Studies from Oxford University in 2014.