Xinyue Zhang

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Research interests: 

Modern China; East Asia; Environmental History; Science and Technology; War and Society


Xinyue Zhang is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at Yale University. Her research focuses on the environmental history and the history of science in modern China and East Asia. Currently, her work explores the intersection of natural disasters, successive wars, and climate knowledge between the 1930s and the 1950s in China and transnationally in Asia. She is particularly interested in exploring the role of transnational knowledge networks and meteorological infrastructures, as well as how ordinary individuals navigated and mitigated weather-related risks during and after the Second World War. In 2023-2024, she is a graduate fellow in the Environmental Humanities and a co-covener of the Asia History Working Group at Yale. 


Xinyue earned a B.A. in History and College of Social Studies in 2021 from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded University Honors. She then pursued an M.A. in East Asian Studies at Yale University, during which she received generous support from the Council on East Asian Studies and the Richard U. Light Fellowship. She began her PhD in August 2023.