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Harvard Scholarship for Mareike Ohlberg

Apr 26, 2013

The Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies has offered Mareike Ohlberg a postdoctoral fellowship to research at Harvard University. The GPTS student recently completed her doctoral project on propaganda strategies in China.

At Harvard University, Mareike Ohlberg will teach a course and mentor students. Moreover, she will work on the publication of her doctoral project “Creating a Favorable International Public Opinion Environment: External Propaganda (Duiwai xuanchuan) as a Global Concept with Chinese Characteristics”. Her dissertation examines the development of Chinese propaganda targeted at foreign audiences in an effort to explain why China's investments into improving its image and influencing international public opinion have not produced satisfactory results in the eyes of Chinese experts and policy makers.

Mareike Ohlberg is a former student of the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies. She holds a B.A. in Chinese Studies from Heidelberg University (Germany) and a M.A. in East Asian Regional Studies with a focus on modern China from Columbia University (USA). She has worked as a Chinese teacher and as a graduate assistant for the Heidelberg Institute of Chinese Studies and the Cluster “Asia and Europe”. Her research interests include the history of modern Chinese ideology and the media, the political history, political system and policy processes of the People’s Republic of China, and China´s interaction with the world in the 20th and 21st century.

The John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies is one of the world’s leading centers for the study of China. It supports and promotes advanced research and training in all fields of Chinese studies at Harvard University and beyond. The Center promotes China-related research by offering fellowships, such as the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship which comes with an amount of $50,000 and is provided for one academic year.


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