Department ofHistory

Xiangyi Liu

Xiangyi Liu

108 Weaver Building

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (814) 865-1367

Curriculum Vitae:


PhD Candidate, History, Penn State University, 2021
MA, History, Stanford University, 2018
BA, World History, Peking University, 2017


I am a doctoral candidate in early modern global history. My research focuses on French Jesuit missionaries in the eighteenth century, their scientific missions, and the cultural encounters between France and China during the same period. I am interested in the global circulation of science and technology, as well as the production of knowledge during the Enlightenment. My dissertation centers on Antoine Gaubil, a French Jesuit missionary in China in mid-eighteenth century, to explore the scientific networks of the Jesuits as well as the continuous cultural exchanges after Kangxi emperor’s reign.

Dissertation Chair:

Ronnie Po-chia Hsia

Research Interests:

Early Modern Global; Jesuit Studies; History of Science; Cultural History; Sino-Western Cultural Communications; Enlightenment