Advisor: Arthur Waldron
Jennifer obtained her B.A. (Hons., Highest Distinction) in History in her home country at the National University of Singapore, where she was also a part of the University Scholars Programme. She then completed a Master of Philosophy in World History at the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation examined how the experience of trench warfare in France and Flanders during the Great War compelled colonial soldiers of Indian Expeditionary Force ‘A’ to reflect upon their ostensible bonds of allegiance to the British Empire.
At the University of Pennsylvania, Jennifer is pursuing her PhD with a specialisation in twentieth-century Chinese military history. Under the supervision of Prof. Arthur Waldron, she has taken comprehensive exam fields in the histories of modern China and modern Japan and has a strong foundation in the history of strategic thought. More broadly, her research interest is in the historical phenomenon of war, and how violent conflict reshapes ideological, intellectual and cultural constellations. She has conducted research on Republican China’s engagement with international law during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945), and is now examining logistical arrangements made by the Nationalist government to support the same war on multiple fronts.
B.A. (Hons) in History (Highest Distinction), University Scholar's Program - National University of Singapore (Singapore)
MPhil in World History - University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Military history, strategic thought, food and nutrition, the study of logistics, Second Sino-Japanese War, war and nationalism in Republican China, China and international law, imperialism in Asia