Mercedes Valmisa

Graduate Prize Fellow

Mercedes Valmisa is a fifth year graduate student in the Department of East Asian Studies. Her research spans sinology, philosophy, literature, archaeology, and manuscript studies. Her dissertation deals with an Early Chinese concept and philosophical practice that she calls "adaptation." Mercedes looks at patterns of thinking and behaving adaptively across an extensive range of Early Chinese texts, received and excavated. Adaptive thinking and behavior connects with ideas of successful and moral agency, and among other things, it helps us reevaluate the notion of schools of thought in Early China. Mercedes received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Seville (Spain), a M.A. in East Asian Studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid, and a M.A. in Chinese Philosophy from National Taiwan University.