Matthew Foreman

Matthew Foreman is a doctoral student in the Department of History, specializing in the social and cultural history of modern China from a transnational perspective. He is particularly interested in racial and ethnic identity, mixed-race history, transnational intellectual history, and the epistemological issues in the writing of cultural and intellectual history of non-Western civilisations. His current research focuses on late nineteenth and early twentieth century racial theory and the ways in which Chinese intellectuals conceptualised miscegenation. His work explores how these ideas affected social attitudes, both foreign and local, towards mixed race communities in China (particularly Shanghai and other treaty ports) and Hong Kong. He holds an M.St. from the University of Oxford and a B.A. from the University of Hong Kong. In the 2017-2018 academic year, Matthew will be a Traveling Scholar at the University of Chicago through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.