Excellence in Language Studies Award, Chinese 


Student Name: Michael Benjamin Cerny

Major(s): Political Science, Chinese Studies

Bio: Cerny discovered his academic interest in Chinese government and foreign relations through his intensive participation in high school debate, and decided to pursue a double major in Political Science and Chinese Studies at Emory. There, he co-founded the Emory Journal of Asian Studies and interned with the Carter Center China Program, where he authored articles on U.S.-China relations later published by the US-China Perception Monitor and The Diplomat. Cerny will graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Emory in May and will pursue his master’s degree in Comparative Government at the University of Oxford next Fall.

Cerny’s most memorable experiences at Emory were his travels abroad as part of his completion of the Chinese Studies major. He attended an intensive summer language program at the Chinese Studies Institute at Peking University in Beijing, China. He also conducted research in Beijing under Emory Professor Li Hong during his 2019 winter break on a Halle Institute-Confucius Institute research grant.

He would like to sincerely thank the Chinese Studies faculty in the Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures for their teaching and professional guidance.