Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies,East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Specializations / Research Interest(s)
- borderland history, legal history, ethnic groups in China, cultures of law, gender and women's history, medical history, Sino-Japanese relationship
As a historian, I use my research skills to address problems involving peoples and places on the margins, intending to enrich our understanding of China as a historical concept and to bridge the gap between Asia-based and Europe-based studies on common problems about social boundaries and legal borders. I have endeavored to cross the historical marks that conventionally distinguish “modern” from “pre-modern” and to traverse the existing national borders that define China’s territory. I primarily study the historical roots of contemporary problems, and particularly the problems concerning the making, shifting, and lifting of boundaries and borders in Chinese society.
- PhD, History Department, University of California Santa Barbara
- LLM, College of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Distinctions / Awards
- 2003-2004 An-Wang postdoctoral fellowship, Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University
- 2009-2010 Beckman Fellowship, Center for Advanced Studies, UIUC
- 2011-2012 IPRH Fellowship, UIUC
- 2012-2016 Conrad Humanities Scholar Award
- CAS Resident Associate 2013-2014
- INTERSECT-Cultures of Law 2014-2016
- 2009-2010 Law and Society in China, Focal Point Initiative Grant, UIUC Graduate College (Collaboration with Law faculty)
- 2012-2013 ACLS Fellowship, Research in Humanities in China Program (funded by NEH)
- 2012-2015 Andrew Mellon New Directions Fellowship
- INTERSECT collaborative grant 2012-2014: Cultures of Law in Global Contexts
- 2006-2007 UIUC Research Board Grant
- CHIN Chinese Readings in Social Sciences: legal history
- EALC/HIST120 East Asian Civilization
- EALC/GWS361 Women in East Asia
- EALC 550 History of China's Borderlands
- EALC 550/398 Law and Society in Chinese History
- EALC 398 Sino-Japanese Relationship
- EALC 550 Gender and Women in Chinese History
- 12:30-1:30pm T & TH
- Remote Homeland, Recovered Borderland: Manchus, Manchukuo and Manchuria (1907-1985). . University of Hawaii Press, 2011.
- "“Dilemma of Loyalty: Qing Loyalists and State Succession in the early 20th Century China" ." Lost Generation: Luo Zhenyu, Qing Loyalists and the Formation of Modern Chinese Culture. . . Ed. Chia-ling Yang and Roderick Whitfield . Saffron, 2012.
- "“Kōjo, Hangyakusha, Heishi, Subai: Aishin Kakura Kenyo to Manshūzoku no Aidenteitei no jirenma,”." Manshū: kōsaku suru rekishi. . Trans. Yamazaki Masato. Fujiwara shoten, 2008.
- "“Princess, Traitor, Soldier, Spy: Aisin Gioro Xianyu and the Dilemma of Manchu Identity"." The Crossed Histories: A New Approach to Manchuria in the Age of Empire . . University of Hawaii Press, 2005. 83-118.
- "“Gutu yubianjiang: Dongbei yu Manzu de gujia ji minzu renting”." Qingshi yanjiu (2011): 21-38.
- "Chinese by Definition: Nationality Law, Jus Sanguinis, and State Succession (1909-1980)." Twentieth-Century China 35.1 (2009): 4-28.
- "“Borderlanders between Empire and Nation: Banner People in early 20th-century Manchuria”,." East Asian History (2005): 23-46.
- "Western Studies of Modern Manchuria in the Past Ten Years (1993-2003)." Newletter, Kingendai touhoku ajia kenkyuu kai (2004): 18-36.
- "“Five misperceptions of China,” ." Cayman Financial Review . 5 Jan. 2011: 22-24.
- "Manchuria and Modern East Asia." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. 2017.
- "Borders and Borderlands." Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009.
- Rev. of Grounds of Judgment: Extraterritoriality and Imperial Power in Nineteenth-Century China and JapanAmerican Historical Review (2014): 488-489.
- Rev. of Childbirth in Republican China: Delivering ModernityJournal of Asian Studies (2013): 448-450.