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Melissa A. Brzycki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Scholarly interests: East Asia, Childhood and Youth, Popular Culture, Gender and Sexuality, Public History, Digital Humanities

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Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz


Dr. Melissa Brzycki is Assistant Professor of History. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina in 2009, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on the creation of the socialist child in the People’s Republic of China from 1949-1966. She has a forthcoming chapter entitled “Revolutionary Successors: Deviant Children and Youth in the PRC, 1959-1964,” in an edited volume, Children’s Voices from the Past.

She also co-hosts and co-produces the podcast East Asia for All with Dr. Stephanie Montgomery of St. Olaf College. East Asia for All discusses East Asian pop culture— including movies, TV series, documentaries, fiction, and memoirs — and their relevance to understanding different aspects of East Asian life and culture.