Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Jihong Ou

PhD Candidate
Modern China


M.A., National University of Singapore (NUS), 2019
B.A., Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), 2005


I am exploring the history of modern China, particularly that of natural disasters and their environmental impact in the 20th century, under the supervision of Professor Emily Hill. It is an extension to my M.A. research on the relationships between droughts and the Chinese ritual of rainmaking between 1912 and 1949. Before returning to school for the M.A. degree, I had been a journalist with The Straits Times in Singapore, mainly covering East Asian affairs.


The James Robertson Carruthers Memorial Prize in History, 2019
Queen’s Graduate Award, 2019
Graduate Research Support Scheme (NUS), 2018
Excellent Student Scholarship (GDUFS), 2008
Academic Excellence Award (GDUFS), 2006-2007

Newspaper Publications

“Civil service jobs in China losing their shine,” April 7, 2015
“China can take a leaf out of Manchu issue,” Feb 14, 2014
“Family ties pay off for China’s princelings,” Dec 30, 2012
“Power transitions ‘could worsen Sino-Japan ties’,” Oct 26, 2012
“Young Chinese spearhead efforts to save dialects,” June 4, 2012
“US ‘prefers to play role of helper’ in S. China Sea row,” July 13, 2011