Yuqian Cai is a PhD candidate in Public Policy and Global Affairs at the School of Social Sciences and a writing instructor at the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He obtained an MA in East Asian Studies from Yale University and a MALS degree in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College, and he worked at the University of Hong Kong and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. His current interests straddle the boundaries of international relations, political economy, intellectual history, and narrative research, with a focus on China’s vision and role in global governance, and more generally the Global South (especially South and Southeast Asia) in the emerging multiplex world order.
Yi Ning Chang is a political theorist and intellectual historian with research interests in twentieth-century and postcolonial political thought. She specializes in mid-twentieth-century Southeast Asia; race and ethnicity; international law and politics in the global cold war; and theories of capitalism and development. She is writing a dissertation on the decline of the global anti-imperial moment in 1950s–60s Malaya/Malaysia/Singapore; Indonesia; and Vietnam, a decline she is theorizing as a problem of counterrevolutionary political founding. She received her B.A. (Hons) from the University of Cambridge in 2020 and held the Harold Laski Fellowship at Harvard in 2020–2021. At Harvard, she is a Graduate Student Associate at the Asia Center and a Graduate Student Affiliate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Théophile Deslauriers is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and at the University Centre for Human Values at Princeton University. He studies conquest and imperialism in the history of political thought, especially the relationship between commerce and empire in Early Modern political theory. He has co-organised the Princeton Political Theory Graduate Conference.
Hansong Li is a political theorist and historian of political, economic, and legal thought at the Department of Government, the Joint Centre for History and Economics, the Minda de Gunzburg Centre for European Studies, and the Mittal Institute for South Asia at Harvard University. He is also a fellow at the Centre for Global Intellectual History in Shanghai. His previous works range from legal philosophy, political theory of time and space, and Tangutology, to geopolitics and political economy. His current book project explores the languages and practices of interstate justice in the West, South Asia, and East Asia.
Kelvin Ng is a PhD candidate at the Department of History at Yale University. His research interests broadly lie in the history of imperialism and anti-imperialism in the early-twentieth-century Indian Ocean circuit. Specifically, his current research project is situated between intellectual history and labor history, with a focus on forms of unfree labor migration—including slavery, indenture, prison labor, and debt bondage—that emerged to be generative of new spaces, novel forms of thought, and radical political claims around race, caste, nationality, and sovereignty.