Initially, I decided to study Mandarin Chinese during my junior year in high school. This serendipitously led me to take a gap year after high school graduation, during which I took intensive language courses in Beijing at Beijing Language and Culture University. After returning to the United States, I decided to major in East Asian Studies at the College of William and Mary. I returned to Beijing again my junior year of college to further hone my language skills, and took several undergraduate courses at Peking University.
Ultimately, I decided I wanted to pursue a career as a historian of modern China. I enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia and lived in China again in summer and fall of 2017 to conduct research in Shanghai and Northeastern China on museums that commemorate the War of Resistance against Japan. I defended my dissertation in the fall of 2020, and have since taught multiple courses at the College of William and Mary and completed the Wilson Center China Fellowship.
This fall, I am a research affiliate at UVA's East Asia Center, am teaching Modern East Asia at American University, and continue to pursue opportunities in research and teaching.
In my spare time, I enjoy practicing my foreign language skills (I speak and write fluent Mandarin Chinese and Spanish); reading for pleasure; and hiking.
University of Virginia Department of History - PhD (fall 2020), MA (fall 2016)
The College of William and Mary - BA (spring 2012)
SELECT FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
Wilson Center China Fellowship - Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2021-2022)
Humane Studies Fellowship - Institute for Human Studies (2019-2020)
Fudan Fellow Program - Fudan University (Fall 2017)
Adam Smith Fellowship - Mercatus Center (2017-2019)
Dumas Malone Graduate Research Fellowship - University of Virginia (Fall 2017)
Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities Grant - University of Virginia (Fall 2017)
Weedon Grant - University of Virginia East Asian Studies Department (Summer 2017)
SELECT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Organizer and panelist for War, Revolution, and Memory: How China and Korea’s Recent Past Haunts the Present, to be presented at the Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA, March 2023.
Discussant for panel Not Comfortable: Nation and “Comfort Women” Museums in East Asia, to be presented at the Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA, February 2023.
“From Regional to National: Northeastern Scholars and the National Discourse on the War of Resistance against Japan,” presented at the Wilson China Fellowship Conference, Washington, DC, March 2022.
“The Nationalization of a Regional Narrative: Shenyang’s September 18th Museum,” presented at the Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Boston, MA, March 2021.
“Beyond a ‘Site of Memory’: The Puppet Emperor Palace Museum,” presented at Contesting Memorial Spaces in the Asia-Pacific, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, November 2020.
“Memorializing Martyrs and Consolidating Party Identity: The 1948 Construction and Legacy of Harbin’s Northeastern Martyrs Memorial Hall,” presented at Memory and Memorialization in the 20th Century People’s Republic of China, Edinburgh, Scotland, October 2018.