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. I have served as inaugural Head of Pauli Murray College since 2017.
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. I also helped launch the Six Pretty Good initiative.
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). Please see my CV for more current publications.
I have received grants and fellowships from the ACLS, the National Humanities Center, and the Mellon Foundation.
By appointment, Pauli Murray Office.