Mimi Cheng

Visiting Fellow

German Historical Institute Washington
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW | Washington DC 20009


Biographical Summary

Mimi Cheng is a cultural historian of the nineteenth-century with research interests in three overlapping areas: transnational visual culture between Europe and East Asia, comparative histories of the built environment, and the relationship between knowledge and imperialism. She joined the GHI Washington as a Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2023, where she will be working on her project, "China on the Horizon: Art, Science, and Cartographies of Empire," which she began at the Freie Universität Berlin as a Max Kade Postdoctoral Fellow in 2022. Her research has been supported by the American Council for Learned Societies, Social Science Research Council, and the Forschungzentrum Gotha at the Universität Erfurt, among others. She received her PhD from the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester in 2022. 

Main Areas of Interest

  • Transregional visual culture
  • History of cartography and geography
  • History of science and technology
  • Maritime studies