Originally from Lakewood, Colorado, I completed my Ph.D. in modern Chinese history at Stanford University in 2016, and I received my B.A. in History and Asian Studies from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2008. At the core of my research interests lies the interplay between identity-building, state-society relations, and the construction of knowledge. My research has examined these themes in the history of modern China—from gender relations, to language policy, and food.
I also love to teach. My teaching interests are wide-ranging, from ancient to modern, from local to global, but I primarily enjoy using teaching to explore with students how the study of history informs our present— together drawing upon a complex past so as to envision a malleable future.
Stanford University, Ph.D.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
Dialect and Nationalism in China, 1860-1960 (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
"Orbiting the Core": Politics and the Meaning of Chinese Linguistics, 1927-1957." Twentieth-Century China, 2016
"What Liu Xiaobo's Death Says About China's Two Futures." The Nation, July 25, 2017
"Tongue-tied in Hong Kong: The fight for two systems and two languages." Foreign Affairs, August 3, 2016.
History of Modern China
History of linguistics
History of race and ethnicity
History of food
History of China
History of Modern East Asia
Race and Ethnicity in East Asia
Gender in China
Honors & Awards
Young Alumni Achievement Award, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2019