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2016 Recipient

Matt and Zihao

The Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies awarded the 2016 Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize to Cornell University senior Zihao Liu (pictured here receiving the prize from Matthew Evangelista, director of the Institute).


Zihao was a College of Arts & Sciences College Scholar majoring in history with a minor in China and Asia-Pacific Studies. His research interests included contemporary Chinese history, Sino-U.S. relations, East Asia security, and Cold War history. As a College Scholar he completed a thesis titled “Chinese Nationalism and China’s Naval Development”, comparing the different brands of Chinese naval nationalism from the late-Qing Dynasty to the present and describing their influence on China’s maritime strategy. See this Cornell Chronicle article for more on his College Scholar project.


After graduation Zihao was going to work at an American educational consulting firm in Beijing—Elite Scholars of China—for one or two years and then attend graduate school to continue his study on international security.


The Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize in Peace Studies is awarded annually to Cornell University graduating seniors to encourage them to pursue work or study in fields related to peace studies and conflict resolution. Zihao Liu exemplifies the kind of student the Freemans hoped to recognize and honor through the establishment of the endowment.