I am an assistant professor of Asian Studies at Vanderbilt University. I hold a B.A. in Chinese literature and a M.A. in Chinese philology from Beijing Normal University (2006, 2009), and a Ph.D. in Chinese literature from Yale University (2015).
I specialize in early modern Chinese literature and culture, with particular interests in the intersections between writing, performance, materiality, and other social practices. My first book project examines theatrical costuming in 17th-century China when the Manchu rulers regulated hairstyles and clothing based on ethnicity and gender. The book argues that theatrical costuming provided a productive way to reconnect bodies and clothes dissociated by political turbulence. My second book project studies dead bodies in premodern Chinese forensic literature. I have also worked on ritual writing, female suicide, and news reports on railway accidents.