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Mr Thomas Burnham

Lecturer in Chinese (E&S)

After receiving language training at Donghua University and graduating from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Arts in history and government in 2012, I studied Mandarin and pursued a master's degree in foreign language education at Hebei Normal University from 2012 to 2014.  During that time, I continued my language training at Shenyang University and travelled back and forth from Shijiazhuang to Khabarovsk and Moscow.  I then lived and worked in Moscow for one year before returning to NMSU in 2015 to write my master's thesis on the Sino-Soviet Split.

Today, I am a DPhil student at the University of Oxford in the final stages of a thesis comparing Chinese and Soviet engagement with Africa in the 1960s, focusing on the two Cold War powers' competing aid efforts on the continent.

Research interests

Aside from my interests in language education and preparing students to study abroad in China, my primary research interests are PRC history, global history, and comparative communism.

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