Yurui Hu is a first-year MA student in the History Department at GWU. She studies the history of modern East Asia. Her B.A. Thesis, "Beyond the Tianjin Incident in 1939: Comparative Interests of Anglo-Japanese in North China", examines the murder of Xigeng Chen on a global scale, illustrating how this event was intimately tied to developments beyond the Far East, specifically the outbreak of war in Europe and ultimately the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. At GWU, she plans to focus on urban history, gender history and environmental history.