I specialize in early modern Chinese literature and culture, with particular interests in the intersections between writing, performance, gender, and materiality (clothing and body). My first book, Staging Personhood: Costuming in Early Qing Drama (Columbia UP 2020), examines theatrical costuming in 17th-century China when the Manchu rulers regulated hairstyles and clothing based on ethnicity and gender. I’m currently working on a project about death and dead bodies in the forensic literature of early modern China.

In 2022, I’m the chair of the Ming-Qing Chinese Forum at MLA.


Ph.D., Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University, 2015.

M.A., Classical Chinese Philology, Beijing Normal University, 2009.

B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing Normal University, 2006.

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