Research In Progress
Luther Cenci's MA research focuses on gender and slavery in Chinese households in late 18th-century Batavia (Jakarta). Drawing primarily on the court records of the Chinese Council, his project examines how Chinese migrants and their Southeast Asian wives, concubines, and slaves created (and contested) new patterns of domestic life in a colonial commercial entrepot. Their lives illuminate the ways that Chinese discourses on the family were challenged and transformed by the encounters which resulted from the 18th century expansion of Chinese maritime trade and migration, as well as the elusive experiences of those non-Chinese people who were caught up in those processes.
Luther Cenci completed the M.A. degree in September of 2018 and will be beginning a PhD at Stanford University starting Fall 2018.
M.A. (Candidate) - Supervised by Tim Brook
B.A. (History) - University of California, Berkeley - 2015
Undergraduate Thesis: "Sugar, Junks, and Blood: The Chinese Nanyang Migration System and the Batavian Chinese Massacre of 1740" - Winner, Friends of Cal History Thesis Prize