Hong Kong History Project Alumni

Dr. Catherine Chan, Assistant Professor, Lingnan University 

Catherine Chan received her PhD from the University of Bristol in 2019, and is now a Research Assistant Professor at Lingnan University. She has written extensively on transimperial networks, and the Macanese in Hong Kong and throughout East Asia. Dr. Chan works on urban history, and her love for dogs recently inspired her to embark on a project on animal rights and dog racing. 

Thesis: Empire Drifters: The Macanese in British Hong Kong, 1841-1941
Dr. Katon Lee, Lecturer, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Katon Lee is a Lecturer in History at the Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University. His current research focuses on the history of suit culture in British Hong Kong and the fashion-city network in twentieth-century Asia. Dr Lee received his PhD in History from the University of Bristol in 2020. His other research interests include the colonial histories of Hong Kong and port cities in East Asia, Sino-western cultural interaction, Chinese society from a transnational lens, gender and women's history, and oral history. 

Thesis: Suit Up: Western Fashion, Chinese Society and Cosmopolitanism in Colonial Hong Kong, 1910-1980
Dr. Chris Wemyss  

Chris Wemyss completed his PhD in 2021, and now works as a civil servant. 

Thesis: Britons Abroad: Navigating Imperialism in Late Colonial Hong Kong, 1980-2000
Dr. Gemma O’Neill  

Thesis: A New Way of Life: The Emergence of a Political Identity and Consciousness in Hong Kong, 1945-1979
Dr Helena Lopes, Lecturer in Modern Asian History, Cardiff University 

Helena Lopes is a historian of modern China and global history. Her research focuses on the international, political, and social history of the Second World War and the early post-war period in South China, including imperialism(s) and anti-imperialism, as well as experiences of displacement and refugees. She is also interested in histories of Chinese migration more broadly, in histories of Portuguese communities in twentieth-century East Asia, and in Chinese/Sinophone cinemas.
Dr. Josepha C. Richard, Stacy Lloyd III fellow, Oak Spring Garden Foundation  

Josepha Richard is an art historian and historian of 18-19th century China, with a specific interest in studying the art of Chinese gardens, early Sino-Western interactions and the urban, social and art history of the city of Guangzhou (Canton). Her most recent project combines history of science and art, by researching botanically accurate paintings of Chinese plants commissioned by British trader John Bradby Blake in late 18th century Canton and kept at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation (Virginia). 
Dr. Thomas M. Larkin, Assistant Professor of the History of the United States of America and the World, University of Prince Edward Island 

Thomas Larkin is a historian of China and the US, specialising in the ways transimperial contact, culture, race, gender, and national identity shaped and were shaped by interactions in colonial and semi-colonial spaces. His work experiments with scale, and with the applications of digital humanities methods. He has just completed his forthcoming book, The China Firm: Elite Americans and the Making of British Colonial Society (Columbia University Press), and his work is focused on mapping the expansive Sino-foreign socio-commercial networks that were fabricated along the China coast in the nineteenth century.