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  • Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University (2017)
  • B.A. East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley (2001)
  • B.A. English, University of California, Berkeley (2001)



  • Literary Chinese Preceptor (2008 – 2016)
  • Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
  • Research Assistant Professor (2017 - )
  • Hong Kong Baptist University


Courses Taught

  • Topics in Chinese Literature and Culture


Research Interests

  • Traditional Chinese poetry and poetics
  • Chinese literary thought
  • Literary Theory
  • Traditional Chinese philosophy


Publications (selected)

Recent Papers

  • Learning to Write Naturally: The Problem of Southern Song Poetry
    Dissertation (2017)
  • “A Poetry of the Everyday and Every Day: Lu You’s Unremarkable Poetic Realm” (2017) Submitted for review to Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews
  • “The Lost Art of the Perfect Lyric: Zhang Yan’s Vision in the Ciyuan” (2016)
    Presented at the 3rd International Conference on Chinese Prosodic Grammar
  • “The Layering of Meaning in Southern Song Quatrain Sets” (2014)
    Presented at the Conference on Middle Period China.


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