After a decade at the University of Pennsylvania, I came to Yale in 2008. At Yale I have served as EALL’s Director of Graduate Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies and was chair from 2013 to 2019.
My research and teaching focus on the literature of the late imperial period, from around 1550 to around 1750. I have taught reading courses in classical Chinese, an introduction to the Chinese tradition, and many seminars on novels, plays, and belle-lettristic writing. Major publications include Persons, Roles and Minds (Stanford, 2001), Accidental Incest, Filial Cannibalism, and Other Peculiar Encounters in Late Imperial Chinese Literature (Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2009), a book-length chapter on late Ming literary culture in The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature, v.2, and a co-edited volume on Approaches to Teaching The Story of the Stone (MLA). A new book, The Coin and the Severed Head: Ownership and Fungibility in the Seventeenth Century, is forthcoming from Harvard East Asian Monographs.
Other projects I am working on include a collaborative project on the sixteenth-century playwright and painter Xu Wei, and a major digital initiative that will enable collaborative philological work. I have received grants and fellowships from the ACLS, the National Humanities Center, and the Mellon Foundation, and Accidental Incest was given the Gustav Ranis Prize in 2009.