Dr Leon Rocha MA (Cantab) MPhil PhD

Lecturer in Chinese Studies (History) - On Leave 2017-2018 Semester 2 History

    Biography

    Personal Statement

    I am a historian of modern China, specialised in the history of science and medicine, as well as gender and sexuality.

    I joined the University of Liverpool as Lecturer in History and Chinese Studies in July 2014. I was educated at the University of Cambridge, receiving my BA degree in Natural Sciences in 2003 and a MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science in 2004. In 2010 I completed my doctoral thesis at Cambridge, entitled "Sex, Eugenics, Aesthetics, Utopia in the Life and Work of Zhang Jingsheng (1888-1970)". I was the recipient of a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Doctoral Studentship. I was supervised by Dr Susan Daruvala and the late Professor John Forrester, and was examined by Professor Hans van de Ven and Dr Vivienne Lo.

    Before coming to Liverpool, I was Lecturer for the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University (2009-2010), D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge (2010-2011), and Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (2011-2014). Other fellowships previously held include the Dahlem Humanities Centre International Research Fellowship at Freie Universität Berlin (2012) and Visiting Fellowship at the Department of History, East China Normal University in Shanghai (2013).

    At the University of Liverpool I was the Academic Lead for the new Chinese Studies programme (2014-2016), and a Link Tutor for Xi'an-Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China. I am currently the Recruitment and Admissions Co-Lead for the Department of History (2016-2017), and will be the Study Abroad Lead for the Department of History in the new academic year (2017-2018). I am also the Co-Lead for the Critical Medical Humanities theme, at the Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences of Health, Medicine and Technology (CHSSoHMT) from 2017 onwards.

    Outside of the classroom, my preoccupations include 1980s Cantonese pop music, retro-videogaming, and the historical and contemporary uses of condensed milk.

    Administrative Roles

    • Co-Lead for the Critical Medical Humanities theme, Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences of Health, Medicine and Technology (CHSSoHMT) (2017- )
    • Lead for Study Abroad in History (2017- )
    • Co-Lead for Recruitment and Admissions in History (2016-2017)
    • Academic Lead for Chinese Studies (2014-2016)

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