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You Lan


Born and raised in China, I first came to the United States as a graduate student to study international relations. Living in the US made me increasingly interested in US history so I pursued an MA in history. Now I have combined my academic interests with my experience as an Asian woman in the US to study the trans-Pacific history of Asian Americans.

Research Interests

Gender and Sexuality, Chinese Diaspora, US Empire

Research Description

I am interested in Chinese immigration in the US during the first half of the twentieth century. I study the transnational construction of modern gender norms in the Chinese diaspora by examining primary sources located on both the Chinese and American sides.  I aspire to connect East Asian and Asian American histories.


M.A. History - Rutgers University

B.A. International Studies - University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China


Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations - 2023