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, gender, 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 teach a wide range of courses on premodern and modern China organized around themes rather than canons. I am interested in developing a program to help international students cope with the challenges they face in the current world.