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Yanqiu Zheng

Teaching Post Doctoral Instructor

Wilson-Short Hall 318

The first in his family to attend college in China and study abroad in Scandinavia and the United States, Yanqiu Zheng studied philosophy, education, and human rights before receiving his Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University. As a historian of modern China, he is broadly interested in the politics and pedagogy of intercultural encounters. Having conducted extensive archival research in the United States, Taiwan, and mainland China, he also enjoys teaching a wide range of courses from Chinese to East Asian and world history. His book manuscript, In Search of Admiration and Respect: Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in the United States, 1875-1975, is currently under review. He is now working on a second book project, tentatively titled Chinese Food on the Margins: A Transnational History. Besides these book projects, he has published articles on the Chinese ethnographic photographs during World War II and the contested legal status of U.S. troops in post-extraterritoriality China.

Alan Malfavon

Wilson-Short Hall 351



Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2021
M.A., University of California, Riverside, 2017
B.A., California State University, Northridge, 2015

Academic and Research Interests

Dr. Alan Malfavon received his Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of California, Riverside in 2021. Malfavon is a historian of late-colonial and early independent Latin America. His research interests center around Afro-Mexican, Greater Caribbean, Atlantic World, Veracruz, and African Diaspora Histories. His work focuses on the understudied Afro-Mexican population of the Port-City of Veracruz and its hinterland of Sotavento (Leeward) and reframes the historical and historiographical transition between the colonial and national period, arguing that Afro-Mexicans facilitated, complicated, and participated in multiple socio-political processes that reshaped Veracruz and its borderlands. Malfavón’s work interrogates and subverts archival silences that have sought to erase Black and Afro-Mexican agency from narratives of identity and nation-state formation and seeks to diversify these narratives by foregrounding the voices, perspectives, and actions of Afro-descendants as essential political and intellectual players in Mexico’s political and social consolidation as an independent nation.

Selected Honors and Awards

2021 Lindon Barret Award in Black Studies- University of California, Riverside
2021 University Teaching Certificate- University of California, Riverside
2020-2021 Center for Ideas and Society, Global 19th Century Fellow- University of California, Riverside
2020 Chancellors Doctoral Incentive Program Dissertation Fellowship Award- CSU Office of the Chancellor
2019-2020 Huntington Library Short-term Fellow- Huntington Library
2018-2019 CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar- CSU Office of the Chancellor

Dr. Overtoom Publishes 2 New Articles

The Journal of Ancient History has published Dr. Nikolaus Overtoom’s most recent article, “Reassessing the Role of Parthia and Rome in the Origins of the First Romano-Parthian War(56/5–50 BCE).” For more information, please click here.

In addition, The Parthians’ Failed Vassalage of Syria: The Shortsighted Western Policy of Phraates II and the Second Reign of Demetrius II (129–125 BCE) was published in Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. Please click here to read the article.

Congratulations Dr. Overtoom!

Brad Richardson Receives the David Douglas Award

Brad Richardson (B.A. History, WSU Vancouver, 2012), Director of the Clark County Historical Museum, has been awarded the David Douglas Award by the Washington State Historical Society! This award honors the significant contribution of an individual or an organization through projects, exhibits, publications or educational products  which informs or expands our appreciation of Washington State history during the year. Nominators spoke to Richardson’s leadership and the museum’s continued community engagement throughout the pandemic: “When the museum was shuttered, the work was not. The staff worked tirelessly to ensure that exhibits were virtually available; educational efforts continued; and outreach to the community did not stop.”

Good News to Share on the Work of WSU History Alumni

Three WSU History alums are direct contributors to the planning for the Nez Perce National Historical Park’s renamed Spalding-Allen Collection and related museum collections holdings – Trevor Bond, Tabitha Erdey, and Kristine Leier.

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