Research affiliates

The ENP-China ERC project brings together scholars and engineers from a wide array of disciplines (history, computing, lingusitics/NLP, data science) and from various institutions and research centers. One for the ambitions of the project was to form an international and transdisciplinary research team to tackle the challenging issues at the core of the project.


Robert Bickers, Bristol University, Department of history, historian

Writer and historian, author of China Bound: John Swire & Sons and its World, 1816-1980 (Bloomsbury), Out of China: How the Chinese ended the era of foreign domination (Penguin & Harvard University Press), Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai (Penguin) and The Scramble for China: Foreign devils in the Qing empire, 1832-1914 (Penguin). Robert Bickers was born in Wiltshire, and lived on Royal Air Force bases across England, in Germany and in Hong Kong. He studied in London, and held fellowships in Oxford and Cambridge before taking up a post at the University of Bristol in 1997, where he is now a Professor of History.


Fleur Chabaille-Wang, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), historian

Fleur Chabaille-Wang is a lecturer at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). She had previous teaching experiences at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations in France and at Tianjin Foreign Studies University. She has a Ph.D. in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Chinese urban history. Her research covers the expansive nature of foreign settlements and the evolution of Chinese nationalism through a cross-analysis of three major treaty ports (Tianjin, Shanghai, and Hankou) from 1846 to 1946. For this purpose, she has examined hundreds of Western and Chinese diplomatic archives, including maps and local press, primary source materials of missionaries, foreign companies, or institutions of the late Qing and Republican periods. Her research methodology also integrates digital methods and visual materials.

Marilyn Levine, Central Washington University, Department of history, historian

Marilyn Levine was trained as a historian of Asia, with graduate degrees from the University of Chicago in modern Chinese History and the University of Hawaii in Vietnamese History. She has published two books, over four dozen articles, and created a dozen Web sites for research, teaching, professional, and community service. Dr. Levine’s research interests have focused on Chinese political party formation in Europe during the 1920’s and exploring new approaches to the field of life history. She published The Found Generation: Chinese Communists in Europe during the Twenties (University of Washington Press, 1993), and with Chen San-ching, The Chinese Guomindang in Europe: A Sourcebook of Documents (Institute for East Asian Studies, Center for Chinese Studies Monograph, 2000). She has delivered over 175 presentations, workshops and public speeches, and organized two international conferences. Levine’s online Chinese Biographical Database (CBD) project [1998-2006] was the first online, scholarly moderated database on the Worldwide Web. In 2018 the CBD has been revised, and several datasets have been used in national and international presentations. Another research endeavor is the Chinese Conversations Project, based on interviews conducted in 1985 and 1990 in China with several Chinese who went to France in the 1920’s, as well as numerous scholars of the Chinese Communist Party. More in-depth information on current research is available here.

Marc Matten, Erlangen University, sinologist

Marc Matten is professor of Chinese studies in the  the Institute of languages and cultures of the Near East and East Asia at Erlangen University. He studied at Bonn University where he received his Ph.D. in 2007. He is the author of Imagining a Postnational World — Hegemony and Space in Modern China (Brill, 2016) and editor of Places of Memory in Modern China – History, Politics, Identity (Brill, 2011). He is currently conducting a DFG-funded project  on “Production and consumption of authenticity – Politics of the past in the culture and creative industries in the sinophone realm”.



Brett Sheehan, University of Southern California, historian

Brett Sheehan is professor of Chinese history and director of the East Asian Studies Center at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley in 1997. He is the author of Trust in Troubled Times: Money, Banking and State-Society Relations in Republican Tianjin, 1916-1937 (Harvard University Press, 2003) Industrial Eden: A Chinese Capitalist Vision (Harvard University Press, 2015), and numerous articles and book chapters.

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