Associate Professor of History
Office: 4120 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4015 Mosse Humanities
Office Hours: TBA
I am a historian of modern and global China with a broad interest in the circulation of people, ideas, and things across Asia. My research focuses on Chinese emigration and diaspora in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and their contributions to the making of China and Asia in the modern world. I teach courses on China from the earliest times to the present and on the themes of Chinese and Asian nations, empires, diasporas, and gender in the age of globalization.
My forthcoming book, Diaspora’s Homeland: Modern China in the Age of Global Migration (Duke University Press, March 2018), is a broad study of how the mass emigration of more than twenty million Chinese transformed China’s politics, economics, and culture. Instead of treating “diaspora” as a set of “communities,” I reconceptualize it as a series of “moments”—a recurrence of tensions between migrant and national temporalities.
My current research explores the origins and fate of Nanyang (the “South Seas”), a maritime region linking East and Southeast Asia from 1920 to 1965. Tracing a networked history of Chinese identity and power, I seek to bring together East and Southeast Asian history, economic and cultural history, as well as urban and diaspora studies.
Currently I am director for the UW-Madison Center for East Asian Studies. Before coming here, I was Assistant Professor of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria in 2009-2011.
Ph.D., University of California-Santa Cruz
M.A., University of California-Santa Cruz
M.A., University of British Columbia
B.A., University of British Columbia
- The Case for Diaspora: A Temporal Approach to the Chinese Experience.” The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 74, No. 1 (February) 2015: 107-128.
- “The Disobedient Diaspora: Overseas Chinese Students in Mao’s China, 1958-66.” Journal of Chinese Overseas Vol. 10, No. 2 (2014): 220-238.
- Book Review. China’s Left-Behind Wives: Families of Migrants from Fujian to Southeast Asia, 1930s-1950s by Shen Huifen. The International Journal of Chinese Diasporic Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1 (June 2013), 99-101.
- “Rethinking the ‘Left-Behind’ in Chinese Migrations: A Case of Liberating Wives in Emigrant South China in the 1950s.” In Proletarian and Gendered Mass Migrations: A Global Perspective on Continuities and Discontinuities from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Centuries. Dirk Hoerder and Amarjit Kaur, eds. Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishers, 2013.
- “A Maidservant of the Revolution: He Xiangning and Chinese Feminist Nationalism in the 1920s-1930s.” Occasional Paper 185 (May 2007), Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
- “Breaking the Silence. Review of E. G. Perrault, Tong: The Story of Tong Louie, Vancouver’s Quiet Titan.” BC Studies 144 (December 1, 2004): 141-142.
- “The Myriad Life of a Community: Chinese Organizations in Vancouver.” Discussion Paper, Chinese Migration Series, Diana Lary ed., Centre for Chinese Research, University of British Columbia, Jan. 2003.
- Honored Instructor Award, University Housing, 2015, 2016, 2017.
- Resident Fellowship, The UW Institute for Research in the Humanities, Fall 2014.
- Junior Scholar Grant, The Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, 2014-2015.
- Faculty Internal Research Grant, University of Victoria, 2010, 2011.
- Dissertation Writing Fellowship, History Department, UC-Santa Cruz, 2008.
- Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Institute for Humanities Research, UC-Santa Cruz, 2007.
- Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2006.
- Dissertation Research Grant, University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, 2005.
- Humanities Global Outreach Fellowship, UC-Santa Cruz, 2003-2005.
- History 103 – Introduction to the History of China – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History 201 – The Historian’s Craft – Portraying China since Marco Polo – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
- History 201 – The Historian’s Craft – Images of China – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
- History 276 – Chinese Migrations since 1500 – Syllabus 2017 (pdf)
- History 342 – History of the People’s Republic of China to the Present – Syllabus 2011 (pdf)
- History 600 – Sex, Bodies, and Modernity in China – Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
- History 705 – Dissertation Writing Workshop – Syllabus 2014 (pdf)
- History 706 – Diaspora and Transnationalism – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)