- B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley
Yu-Han Serena Ma is a Ph.D. student in the Department of East Asian Studies. She works on contemporary Japan, focusing specifically on the educational policies of the Taishō period, empire building, and the changing definitions of “Japanese identity.” Intrigued by the formation and manipulation of national identities, her research uses education as a medium to explore the dialogical relationship between state and society over ideology.
Serena received her B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, she entered Japan’s JET Programme and taught English in Gifu Prefecture for two years.