I am a professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Kentucky. I am interested in Chinese and East Asian cultural studies, the international avant-garde, folklore and mythology, propaganda and popular culture, among other things. I am the author of The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China (Michigan, 2014) and The Global White Snake (Michigan, 2021).


Ph.D. East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University 2006

M.A. Comparative Literature and World Literature, Beijing Normal University 1999

B. A. Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing Normal University 1997


The Global White Snake, University of Michigan Press, 2021.

The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China: Tian Han and the Intersection of Performance and Politics, University of Michigan Press, 2014.

Blog Posts


    Profound Propaganda: The International Avant-Garde and Modern China


    Modern Language Association, Executive Committee Member, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Forum, President, 2022-2023

    Association for Asian Studies, 2021 and 2022 Program Committee Member

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