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 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 hairstyle 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 Chinese crime literature. I have also worked on ritual writing, female suicide, and news reports on railway accidents.