Tineke D'Haeseleer (Ph.D, University of Cambridge) is a historian of China, with a strong interest in foreign relations and cross-cultural contacts in the early middle ages in East Asia. She has taught classical Chinese and Chinese history at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Leiden. She is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her Ph.D. thesis, "Northeast Asia during the Tang Dynasty (618-907): Relations of the Tang court with Koguryŏ, Bohai and Youzhou-Yingzhou." In this book she aims to provide a new perspective on East Asian foreign relations, employing an adapted version of the concept of the "Galactic Polity" to explore the changing dynamics of the power balance in East Asia in the early medieval period. Her work explores the complexity of the decision-making process in foreign relations by taking into account the influence of domestic politics, and the historical memory of the various polities. The combined use of epigraphy, archaeology and transmitted historical sources in her Ph.D research has led to a second project: an investigation of the militarised provincial regimes in the second half of the Tang dynasty. This reflects D'Haeseleer's wider interests in the intersection of politics, economics and social organisation, and the balance between central government and local governance as a recurring theme in East Asian history. She will co-teach the courses East Asian Humanities I and II in the 2013-14 academic year.