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 am currently Chair. In Fall 2011, I taught at Yale-PKU, Yale’s joint undergraduate program at Beĳing University and plan to spend Spring 2015 at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.
My research and teaching focus on the literature of the late imperial period, from around 1550 to around 1750. 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).
I am currently working on three projects: a book already drafted on how late imperial people conceived of objects and materiality, 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.