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 die-hard 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.” Far from being monolithic in their views, Chinese intellectuals variously saw the Fajia as everything from an ancient revolutionary precursor to Communism, to an appropriate model for constitutional monarchism.

I am interested in the history of Marxist thought in its many iterations, from Trotskyism to Maoism, to the New Left of the 1960s and beyond. More specifically, I am interested in researching the intellectual history of debates over the theory of Historical Materialism. Because I am also deeply interested in ancient Chinese thought, I focus my research on the connections between Chinese Marxism and ancient Chinese thought.

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

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

Other website: Linkedin

Year in Program: Second-year

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, Japanese, Vietnamese, Russian

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

Email: buckpat1@msu.edu