My areas of specialization include modern and contemporary Chinese literature and culture, film studies, and critical theory. My current research focuses on the issue of biopolitics in modern Chinese culture. Drawing upon the interpretative frameworks of biopolitics and correlative thinking, I explore the dynamic space between biological life and cultural production that is presented in a broad range of modern and contemporary Chinese literature, film and art.
Based on my dissertation research, I am completing a book manuscript, “The Trans-formation of Life: Lu Xun and Modern Chinese Biopolitics,” which investigates a biopolitical mode of modernity through the study of Lu Xun (1881-1936), the most prominent cultural figure of modern China. Meanwhile, I have also started a new project that explores the biopolitical configuration of everyday life in contemporary China.
I have taught a wide variety of courses, ranging from modern and contemporary Chinese literature and film, to literary theory and biopolitical discourse, to Chinese language at different levels.