ABOUT ME

South Sudanese watch a football game in Juba

YIDONG GONG

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I am an anthropologist working at the intersection of medical anthropology, global health, African studies, and China studies. My research is based in South Sudan and China. I am currently a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, UC Irvine.

My career as an anthropologist started in 2010, while I was studying for an M.Phil. in the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge. In 2019, I received my Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.

I had previously worked at Xinhua News Agency, holding roles ranging from bilingual feature writer to Pyongyang-based foreign correspondent. I also served as China Regional News Editor for SciDev.Net, a leading source of news, views and analysis about science and technology for global development.