James Kennerly

Cohort Year: 2021
Research Interests: Chinese Literature
Education: BA: U.C. Berkeley (Anthropology and Chinese Language)


I work on the intersection of literary and musical culture in Early Modern China, and on the history of Chinese musical thought more broadly.

I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with degrees in Chinese and anthropology. For my honors thesis, I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Liangshan, Sichuan on the legacies of a 1956-8 counter-insurgency war known as the “Democratic Reforms.” I have also studied Chinese literature and history at Harvard University and Taiwan National University.