Maura Elizabeth Cunningham is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine and ChinaFile Fellow at the Center on U.S.-China Relations. She is Editor of The China Beat and a regular contributor to a number of online and print publications. Her writing has appeared in Time Asia, Dissent, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Forbes.com, the Ms. Magazine blog, History News Network, and the Asian Review of Books.
Cunningham grew up in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, Yale University, and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. She is currently researching a dissertation on cartoons in twentieth-century China, focusing on the Sanmao the Orphan comics drawn by artist Zhang Leping.