Healy, Gavin (EALAC-Hist)

Field: East Asia/China; Advisor: Zelin; Year: 2014

Email: gh148@columbia.edu 
Field: East Asia/China
Advisor: Zelin
Year: 2014

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (History-East Asia), specializing in modern Chinese history.  My dissertation, “The Political and Cultural Economy of Sightseeing: Foreign Tourism in the People’s Republic of China (1949-1978)”, examines how personnel within China’s state tourism bureaucracy struggled to balance the use of tourism as a form of political, historical, and cultural representation with the demands of developing a revenue-generating service industry in a socialist economy.  During the 2017-2018 academic year, I was a visiting student at the School of Tourism of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.



MA, MPhil, East Asian Languages and Cultures (History-East Asia), Columbia University

MA, Chinese Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong

JD, Columbia University School of Law

BA, Asian Studies, Cornell University


At Columbia, I have served as a teaching assistant for Introduction to East Asian Civilizations (China), as co-organizer of the Xingzhihui Chinese Studies Group, and as East Asian Languages and Cultures Department co-representative to the Graduate History Association.  I also serve on the editorial committee of Falüshi yiping [Legal History Studies] published by China University of Political Science and Law Press.  Prior to pursuing graduate study in Chinese history, I practiced law in New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul for ten years.