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Haijiao Wang


My PhD project, 'Contours of Womanhood: Navigating Women’s Beauty, Emotion, and Relationships in Early Modern England', is supervised by Dr Naomi Pullin and Professor Peter Marshall.

It seeks to explore the interplay between women's physical appearance and their lived experience during the early modern period. Specifically, it concentrates on women's interpersonal relationships and the emotional processes inherent in these connections. My central argument posits that, for early modern English women, beauty transcended mere physical attributes. Instead, it functioned as a cultural construct that played an integral role in shaping women's social identity. By delving into the multifaceted dimensions of beauty, my research aims to unravel the broader socio-cultural implications and significance attached to the concept of womanhood.

Broader Research Interests

  • Renaissance art

  • 16th- and 17th-century print culture

  • Republic of Letters

  • Women's correspondence and life-writing

  • Early modern courtship, marriage and family


University of Warwick, PhD, History

University College London, MA, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (with Distinction)

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (exchange)

Renmin University of China, BA, World History


Awards and Scholarships

  • China Scholarship Council-University of Warwick Scholarship, University of Warwick, 2023-2027
  • “Shang Yue” Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate, Renmin University of China, 2021
  • "Xin Shan" Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Renmin University of China, 2020
  • Chancellor's Scholarship for Exchange Student, Renmin University of China, 2020

Academic Involvement

Archaeological excavator, Jijiazhuang Neolithic Relic Site, Shanxi Province, China, 2019

Participant, History and Literature Workshop, Taiwan (NTU&NCCU), 2019

Team leader and first author, Ethnographic Fieldwork, "Kinship and the Modernisation of Chinese Ancestral Temple", Zhejiang Province, China, 2019

Language Skills

  • Mandarin (native)
  • Latin (intermediate)