Teaching at the University of Cambridge

I previously taught at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge.

At the Faculty of History, I taught small-group tutorials for the undergraduate module Paper 23: World History since 1914 of the BA in History. The tutorials mainly covered the history of 20th century China, spanning from the 1920s to the Cultural Revolution.

At the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, I taught small-group tutorials and seminars and delivered lectures in modern Chinese and global history for several modules of the BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and the MPhil in Chinese Studies:

  • For the 1st-year undergraduate module EAS.1: Introduction to East Asian HistoryI designed and delivered tutorials, seminars and lectures that introduced modern China’s history from the 19th century to the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976.
  • I contributed tutorials and lectures to the 2nd-year undergraduate modules C.7: Dynastic History of China and C.8: Globalisation in China, 1850 to the Present. My teaching covered the history of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and the history of globalisation in 19th and 20th century China.
  • For the final-year undergraduate module C.18: War in the Making of Modern China, I taught tutorials on the military history of 19th and 20th century China.
  • I contributed seminars on the methodology and historiography of global history to the postgraduate module Asia in Theory.

I also very much enjoy teaching essay-writing, which was an important part of the tutorials I taught in Cambridge, and supervising students for independent research projects. During my time in Cambridge, I supervised thirteen mini-dissertations (8,000 words) of 2nd-year undergraduate students and co-supervised two final-year undergraduate dissertations (12,000 words).

Development as a Teacher

During the academic year 2016/2017, I participated in the Teaching Associate Program at the University of Cambridge. As part of this year-long course in the theory and practice of higher education, I attended education theory seminars, courses on course design and effective teaching and supervision and lecturing practicals. My teaching was also observed by peers and tutors. After successful completion of the Teaching Associate Program, I became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom in 2017.