Cheryl Mei-ting Schmitz received her PhD in Anthropology in 2017 from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2017 to 2019, she was a Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow at New York University Shanghai, and from 2019 to 2020, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the East China Normal University Research Institute of Anthropology, with support from the Luce/American Council of Learned Societies China Studies Program.
At the MPIWG, Cheryl is a member of the Lise Meitner Research Group China in the Global System of Science. Her current research project, Chinese Ideas of Africa in an Age of Global Expansion, follows the rapid development of African Studies in China as it relates to contemporary geopolitics and shifting values in Chinese social sciences. More broadly, her research has examined connections between China and the African continent, in both intellectual and economic domains. She is completing a book manuscript based on extended fieldwork among Chinese investors and migrants in Angola, and her latest articles on Angolan-Chinese business and labor relations are forthcoming in American Anthropologist and HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory.
Schmitz, C. (in press). Making Friends, Building Roads: Chinese Entrepreneurship and the Search for Reliability in Angola. American Anthropologist.Read More
Schmitz, C. (2020). Kufala! Translating Witchcraft in an Angolan-Chinese Labor Dispute. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 10(2), 473-486. doi:10.1086/709482.Read More
Schmitz, C. (2018). Performing "China in Africa" for the West: Chinese Migrant Discourses in Angola. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 27(1), 9-27. doi:10.1177/0117196818760404.Read More
Ferme, M. C., & Schmitz, C. (2014). Writings on the Wall: Chinese Material Traces in an African Landscape. Journal of Material Culture, 19(4), 375-399. doi:10.1177/1359183514551118.Read More
Schmitz, C. (2014). Significant Others: Security and Suspicion in Chinese-Angolan Encounters. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43(1), 41-69. doi:10.1177/186810261404300103.Read More
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Invited Lecture at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica
American Anthropological Association, Vancouver, Canada
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences in Florianópolis, Brazil
Young Scholars Symposium on Asia in the World at the Center for Global Asia, NYU Shanghai
Panel on China, Africa, and the Environment at the Center for African Studies and Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley