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Graduate Student Profiles

Marketus Presswood

Cohort Year: 2013
B.A., Morehouse College, 1998, History
M.S., DePaul University, 2010, International Public Administration

Curriculum Vitae

Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Wasserstrom
First Field: China
Second Field: U.S. History
Thematic Emphasis: Race, Class, and 20th Century Cultural History

Dissertation Topic:
20th century Black Internationalism in China

Research Abstract:
I am interested in the study of the semi-colonized environment of China during the first half of the 2oth century in comparison to the legal segregation in the United States and how both Chinese and black intellectuals of the period negotiated race and class in these spaces transnationally. How did black intellectuals/internationalists view and experience China and how did their Chinese counterparts relate to them within this global imperialist context? What are the ways in which these actors imagined modernity and its political and cultural landscapes and its concomitant impacts on these transnational encounters vis-à-vis travel, visual and print media, translated literature, etc.? How did these relationships evolve during the Mao and Deng eras and to what affect on present-day Chinese and black social, political and cultural relations.