I am a historian of early modern China (Ming-Qing periods). I am particularly interested in exploring the history of Confucianism at the intersection of everyday politics and everyday life in the Ming dynasty. My first monograph is Confucian Image Politics: Masculine Morality in Seventeenth-Century China (University of Washington Press, 2016). It explores the rise of a new political culture during the so-called Ming-Qing transition.
Some of the themes that I have worked on include: Confucian ethics, Confucian political thought, print culture, comparative early modernity, Chinese feminism, and global feminisms.
I am affiliated with the following constellations in the History Department:
Global Early Modernity
Power, Culture, and the State
History of Religion
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
I am the co-founder and coordinator for the Pre-modernist Workshop
, an interdisciplinary intellectual community that consists of faculty and graduate students who research on and are interested in pre-modern topics or the relationship between the premodern and the modern.
In 2015-2017, I am the graduate chair of the Interdisciplinary East Asian Studies MA program.