Ming Canaday recently completed coursework for a Master’s degree in the History of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. During her time in Europe, Canaday traveled extensively on the continent and also to the University of Cape Town in South Africa to complete her dissertation research on contemporary attitudes towards rising Chinese migration to that region.

From 2009 to 2013, she earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, where she triple-majored in International Studies, Chinese, and Asian Studies. While attending the University of Oregon, Canaday traveled to China on three separate occasions, completing coursework at China East Normal University and Nanjing University and interning in Guangzhou and Nanjing.

After graduating, Canaday moved to New York City where she pursued a certificate at the City University of New York in Disability Studies to better advocate for individuals with disabilities. She also completed a summer internship at Human Rights Watch, assisting with research on issues related to China’s policies towards people with physical or mental impairments.

Canaday currently lives in Washington, D.C. She hopes to kick-start her career and to be involved with international relations and disability advocacy work, while also utilizing her Chinese language skills.

Last Updated: November 16, 2016



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