Yanlin Lu

Chinese History
3rd Year Student

B.A. in History, South China Normal University

M.A. in History, University of California, Irvine


Yanlin Lu (陸衍霖) is a Ph.D. student in Modern Chinese history, with an emphasis on science and medicine in the People’s Republic of China. He is particularly interested in how conflicts in these arenas reflected the paramount tension between a growing technocracy and Marxist ideology in Socialist China. His master thesis, The Three-In-One Mode Derailed, uses the symbolic hygienic campaign against snail fever to reveal the Chinese Communist Party’s unsuccessful effort to mitigate between its revolutionary ideology and the challenges of governing. At Princeton, he aims to trace the genealogy of the "Red and Expert" dichotomy, both in Maoist China and the broader socialist world. Outside academia, he is a trumpeter and film photographer. He is also a fanatic fan of Dmitri Shostakovich and Gustav Mahler.