Patrick Buck

I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and graduated from Albion College with a B.A. in History. I was valedictorian of my class and am a third-generation Albion College graduate in my family. I also come from a family of MSU alumni and athletics fans.

My B.A. thesis, which received Albion College’s Most Outstanding Honors Thesis Award, explores the debate among 20th-century Chinese intellectuals over how to interpret and categorize the ancient Chinese political philosophy Fajia, or “The School of Law.”

I am interested in the history of Marxism and ancient Chinese thought, and I focus my research on the connections between these two. For my dissertation, I am researching the intellectual and cultural history of the Criticize Lin, Criticize Confucius Campaign (1973-1976).

My other academic interests include psychoanalysis, Confucianism, Buddhism, and the political history of international communism.

Teaching Appointments: IAH204: Asia and the World (Fall 2015, Spring 2016) with Dr. Sidney Lu

Other website: Linkedin

Year in Program: Third-year (A.B.D.)

Fields: Modern China and Southeast Asia, Modern European Intellectual History, Soviet History

Committee: Dr. Aminda Smith (advisor), Dr. Sean Forner, Dr. Charles Keith, Dr. Lewis Siegelbaum

Languages: Mandarin Chinese, Classical Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Vietnamese

Educational Background: B.A. in History, Summa Cum Laude with Albion College Honors, Albion College, 2015.

Email: buckpat1@msu.edu