Cheryl Schmitz

Cheryl Mei-ting 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. Her writing on these topics has appeared in American Anthropologist, HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, and the Made in China Journal.


Chinese Ideas of Africa in an Age of Global Expansion


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Selected Publications

Schmitz, Cheryl Mei-ting (2021). “Making Friends, Building Roads: Chinese Entrepreneurship and the Search for Reliability in Angola.” American Anthropologist 123 (2): 343–354.

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

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Seeing Red: Theorizing the Intersection between Scientific Infrastructure and Geopolitics


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