Cheryl Schmitz

Cheryl Schmitz

Research Scholar (Sep 2020-Sep 2023)

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.


Chinese Ideas of Africa in an Age of Global Expansion


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Selected Publications

Schmitz, Cheryl (2021). “Making Friends, Building Roads: Chinese Entrepreneurship and the Search for Reliability in Angola.” American Anthropologist.

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Schmitz, Cheryl (2020). “Kufala! Translating Witchcraft in an Angolan-Chinese Labor Dispute.” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 10 (2): 473–486.

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Schmitz, Cheryl (2018). “Performing ‘China in Africa’ for the West: Chinese Migrant Discourses in Angola.” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 27 (1): 9–27.

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Ferme, Mariane C. and Cheryl Schmitz (2014). “Writings on the Wall: Chinese Material Traces in an African Landscape.” Journal of Material Culture 19 (4): 375–399.

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Schmitz, Cheryl (2014). “Significant Others: Security and Suspicion in Chinese-Angolan Encounters.” Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 43 (1): 41–69.

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Research Workshop

Seeing Red: Theorizing the Intersection between Scientific Infrastructure and Geopolitics


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Global China, Double Consciousness, and the Specter of Racism in Angola

Invited Lecture at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica

Why Being Chinese is Good: Making Money and Morality in Postwar Angola

American Anthropological Association, Vancouver, Canada

Politics, Polemics, and the Rise of African Studies in China

International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences in Florianópolis, Brazil

Translation, Labor, and Witchcraft at a Chinese Company in Angola

Young Scholars Symposium on Asia in the World at the Center for Global Asia, NYU Shanghai

Exploratory Visions: Dreams of Wealth and Resources among Chinese Investors and their Partners in Angola

Panel on China, Africa, and the Environment at the Center for African Studies and Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

News & Press

Research Workshop "Science, Foreign Policy, and the PRC" (Deadline July 20, 2021)