Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies
341 Posner Hall
Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
I am a literary scholar and cultural historian of modern China. My main research engages with modern Chinese environmental literature (ecocriticism), film, and history. My research interests also include science fiction, migration studies, and Sino-African relations. My publications appear in Journal of Chinese Cinemas, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Environmental History, and Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism. My dissertation earned Marston Anderson Prize for the best dissertation in East Asian department at Yale University. I am now revising it into a book, tentatively entitled Arboreal Nation: Trees and the Making of Modern China.
Areas of Interest
Modern Chinese Literature, Film, and Culture
Environmental Humanities (Ecocriticism & Environmental History)
Environment and Society in Modern Chinese Literature and Visual Culture
Beyond Earth: Reaching into the Cosmos through Science, Science Fiction, and Language
Selected Awards and Honors
Marston Anderson Prize, the best dissertation in East Asian department at Yale, 2022
East Asian Prize Fellowship, Yale University, 2021-2022
- Environmental Humanities Certificate, Yale University, 2020
Selected Community, University, and Professional Service
Reviewer for ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 2015-present
Reviewer for Journal of Poyang Lake (first environmental humanities journal in Chinese), 2017-present
- “Selling Forestry Revolution: The Rhetoric of Afforestation in Socialist China, 1949-61.” Environmental History 25.1 (2020): 62-84. (First Author, co-authored with Yanjun Liu)
- “Sinification by Greening: Politics, Nature, and Ethnic Borderlands in Maoist Ecocinema.” Journal of Chinese Cinemas 10.1 (2017): 46-68. Reprinted in Ecology and Chinese-Language Cinema: Reimagining a Field. edited by Sheldon Lu and Haomin Gong. New York: Routledge, 2019, 199-222.
- “Reading Climate Change in the Anthropocene: Material Ecocriticism and Chinese Environmental Literature.” Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism. 21.2 (2017): 138-151 (First Author, co-authored with Yanjun Liu)
- “Red China, Green Amnesia: Locating Environmental Justice in Contemporary Chinese Literature.” in Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development: Toward a Politicized Ecocriticism edited by Scott Slovic, Swarnalatha Rangarajan, and Vidya Sarveswaran. New York: Lexington Books, (2014; First Author, co-authored with Yanjun Liu; 33-58).
- "Echoes from the Opposite Shore: Chinese Ecocritical Studies as a Transpacific Dialogue Delayed.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. 21.4 (2014): 821-43.