Melissa Ann Brzycki

TitlePh.D. Candidate
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentHistory Department
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Melissa Ann Brzycki

Research Interests

20th-century Chinese history, modern East Asian history, world history, colonialism and imperialism in East Asia, war and militarization in modern China, history of children and childhood, family history, and women’s and gender history.


My dissertation project, "Inventing the Socialist Child in China, 1949-1966," focuses on the thinking, institution-building, and daily practices by which childhood was re-established in the context of socialist nation-building in Maoist China.

Biography, Education and Training

In addition to my research, writing, and teaching work, I also co-host and co-produce a podcast, "East Asia for All," with Stephanie Montgomery. In our podcast, we bring our academic knowledge to discussions of East Asian pop culture and media, to help mainstream audiences better understand East Asian culture, society, and history.


Since graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in political science in 2009, I have spent roughly half my time living, working, and doing research in China, including Quanzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Qingdao. I matriculated at UC Santa Cruz in 2012, and completed my master's degree in 2014. I advanced to candidacy in 2015, and have been working on my current project, "Inventing the Socialist Child in China, 1949-1966" ever since.

Honors, Awards and Grants

2016, U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program, Alumni Development Fund


2016, UNC Phillips Ambassador Program, 10-Year Anniversary Award


2016, Association for Asian Studies, China and Inner Asia Council, Travel Research Grant


2016, UCSC History Department Dissertation Fellowship


2015, Hoover Institute Library & Archives US Scholar Research Support Grant


2015, Princeton University Library Research Grant


2015, Institute for Humanities Research Summer Research Fellowship


2015, UCSC History Department Dissertation Fellowship


2014, Institute for Humanities Research Summer Research Fellowship


2014, UCSC Department of History Summer Research Grant


2013, UCSC Department of History Summer Research Grant


2013, U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program


2012-2013, UCSC Chancellor’s Fellowship

Selected Publications

"Reaching the Headphoned Masses: Introducing the East Asia for All Podcast," #AsiaNow, Association for Asian Studies, April 2017. Co-authored with Stephanie Montgomery.


“Fear Neither Hardship nor Death: Stories of Disabled Chinese Children in the Early 1970s,” Cotsen Research Projects Blog, Princeton University, November 2015.


“Qingdao Municipal Archives,” Fresh from the Archives, May 2015. Co-authored with Stephanie Montgomery.


“Update on Archives in Tianjin and Shanghai,” Fresh from the Archives, May 2015. Co-authored with Stephanie Montgomery.


“Breaking Down Barriers,” Women of China Magazine, December 2010.


 

Selected Presentations

2017, paper accepted, Society for the History of Children and Youth Conference, Camden, NJ, “Young Scientists and Red Heroes: Children as Independent Problem-Solvers and Political Actors in Socialist China”


2017, Guest lecture in The Making of Modern East Asia, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, “Everyday Revolution in China, 1966-1990”


2015, paper accepted, Society for the History of Children and Youth Conference, Vancouver, CA, “Children and the Trauma of War: the Place of Children in Mainland China, 1945-1953”


2015, UCSC Graduate Research Symposium, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, “上青天: Childhood and Youth in Shanghai, Qingdao, and Tianjin, 1945-1976”


2015, Guest lecture in The Making of Modern East Asia, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, "Children, the Future of China, 1919-1945: Technology and the Everyday”


2015, UCSC Friday Forum for Graduate Research, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, "Inventing the Socialist Child in China, 1945-1976"


2014, UCSC Graduate Research Symposium, "Children and the Trauma of War: the Place of Children in Mainland China, 1945-1953"


2013, Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Conference, Monterey Institute of International Studies, "Kindergartens and Wartime Mobilization, 1900-1958: Shifts in Early Childhood Education"


2013, UCSC Graduate Research Symposium, "Kindergartens and Wartime Mobilization, 1900-1958"

Courses Taught

HIS 140E: Women in China's Long Twentieth Century, Fall 2016