Natalie Ying is currently working on Professor Victoria Tin-bor Hui’s research about wars in Chinese history. Ying’s primary job is to collect raw data from reading historical texts and computing the year, army size, causalities, and route of the wars. After raw data collection, Ying has to analyze the data, categorizing them into internal and external wars for further examination. The ultimate goal of the research project is to analyze whether the current Chinese rhetoric matches the actual type of regime the Chinese government claims to be. Ying started working for Professor Hui in her freshmen year and has been working with her under the Kellogg International Scholars Program since her sophomore year.
As a senior, Ying will be writing a senior thesis with Professor Jazmin Sierra. Her thesis focuses on the politics of climate change, with the research question being “under what conditions do emerging economic powers shift their climate change discourses”. In her research, Ying would be tracing the changes in climate change discourses, drawing insights from speeches made by heads of state at UN climate change conferences, attitudes during the negotiation of climate change international agreements, and rhetoric in the state media.