Professor of Chinese, Chair of Comparative Literature Program
Ph.D. Harvard University, East Asian Lang & Civilization (2004)
Areas of Expertise
Medieval Chinese literary culture, Dunhuang educational texts, manuscript culture, historical information management practices, memory and memorization
CHIN 134 T / ANTH 134 / COMP 134 / REL 134Leaving the World Behind: The Literature of Reclusion (not offered 2020/21)
CHIN 140 / COMP 140Introduction to Traditional Chinese Literature (not offered 2020/21)
CHIN 214 / ANTH 212 / GBST 212 / HIST 214 / REL 218Foundations of China (not offered 2020/21)
CHIN 272 / COMP 272 / STS 272The History and Mythology of Chinese Scripts (not offered 2020/21)
Textual Practices of Literary Training in Medieval China. Manuscript in progress.
Literary Information in China: A History. Edited volume (with four co-editors) under contract with Columbia University Press.
“Medieval Encyclopedias.” In Literary Information in China: A History.
“Philological Practices in the Chinese Tradition.” In Phillip Roelli, ed., Handbook of Stemmatology: History, Methodology, Digital Approaches. DeGruyter, 2020, pp. 501–512.
“Sources of Difficulty: Reading and Understanding Du Fu.” In Xiaofei Tian, ed., Reading Du Fu: Nine Views. Hong Kong University Press, 2020, pp. 111–128.
“Structured Gaps: The Qianzi wen and Its Paratexts as Mnemotechnics.” In Swartz and Campany, eds., Memory in Medieval China: Text, Ritual, and Community. Brill, 2018, pp. 158–92.
“Literary Media.” In Denecke, Li, and Tian, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature (1000 BCE–900 CE). Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 46–60.
“Manuscript Culture,” In Denecke, Li, and Tian, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature (1000 BCE–900 CE). Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 61–75.
“Putting His Materials to Use: Experiencing a Li Bai Yuefu in Manuscript and Early Print Documents,” East Asian Publishing and Society 5.1 (2015), pp. 32–73.
Manifest in Words, Written on Paper: Producing and Circulating Poetry in Tang Dynasty China. Harvard University Asia Center, 2010. Winner, 2012 Joseph Levenson Book Prize, Pre-1900 Category.
「唐代长安诗歌的流传」(“The Circulation of Tang Poetry in Chang’an”). In Chen Pingyuan 陈平原, et al., eds.《西安：都市想象与文化记忆》(“Xi’an: Metropolitan Imagination and Cultural Memory”), Beijing University Press, 2009, pp. 104–15.
“The Lady and Her Scribes: Dealing with the Multiple Dunhuang Copies of Wei Zhuang’s ‘Lament of the Lady of Qin’.” Asia Major, vol. 20 (2007), pp. 25–73.
“Literary Collections in Tang Dynasty China.” T’oung Pao, vol. 93 (2007), pp. 1–52.
Awards, Fellowships & Grants
Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Travel Grant. 2017. Awarded for travel to London to examine Dunhuang manuscripts held at the British Library.
UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Distinguished Visiting Scholar. January, 2016.
2013 Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Scholar Grant for “It’s All Before Your Eyes: Organizing, Using, and Transmitting Literary Knowledge in Medieval China.”
2013 Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in Chinese Studies Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grant (collaborator with Jack W. Chen, UCLA) for “Reading, Information, and Quantification in Traditional China.”
2012 Joseph Levenson Book Prize, pre-1900 category, for Manifest in Words, Written on Paper: Producing and Circulating Poetry in Tang Dynasty China.
American Oriental Society, Association of Asian Studies, Early Medieval China Group, T’ang Studies Society