Mandarin Chinese Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)
Line Scores: Simplified Written 3/3, Spoken 2+/3
English (native language), Mandarin Chinese (fluent), Spanish (fluent), Japanese (proficient), Russian (elementary).
Council on Foreign Relations Education Ambassador Program
Education Ambassador, Sept 2023 – Present
University of Virginia East Asia Center Research Affiliate, Oct 2022 – Present
SELECT INVITED TALKS
Invited speaker on China’s World War II at Johns Hopkins University, April 16, 2024.
Invited lecturer for the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute course on “Historical Memory and National Identity in Mongolia” on December 13, 2023.
Invited panelist to represent Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Asian Studies Program for “Press Freedom in Hong Kong, featuring the works of “Zunzi”,” hosted by the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation at Georgetown University on November 28, 2023.
Invited speaker for Reves Distinguished Lecture in International Studies on “The “Date Debate”: Northeastern Scholars and China’s New World War II Timeline” at the College of William and Mary on October 20, 2023.
Invited speaker on “Memorializing the Mukden Incident: Northeastern Scholars and China’s New World War II Timeline” for Asia in Depth series, Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University on October 17, 2023.
Invited speaker on “The “Date Debate”: Northeastern Scholars and China’s New World War II Timeline” for History Department at Randolph College on October 9, 2023.
Invited guest lecturer on “China’s World War II” for Modern Chinese History course taught by James Gethyn Evans at George Washington University on October 2, 2023.
Moderator for Ian Johnson Book Talk on Sparks: China’s Underground Historians and Their Battle for the Future at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service on September 29, 2023.
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 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 American University and completed the Wilson Center China Fellowship.
In fall 2023 and spring 2024, I am teaching at Georgetown University and writing my first book while continuing to pursue further opportunities for 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, GRANTS, AND HONORARIUMS
Wilson China Fellowship Conference Honorarium (May 2023)
Honorarium for NuVoices Contributions (April 2023)
Adjunct Professional Development Fund Grant - American University(April 2023)
Wilson China Fellowship - Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2021-2022)
Humane Studies Fellowship - Institute for Humane 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 session on Narrating the Nation-State: Historical Memory and Ideology in Modern East Asia. Panel paper “Marxism and the Mukden Incident: Dialectical Materialism and China’s World War II Timeline” to be presented at the Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2024.
Organizer, chair, and panelist for America’s “Forgotten War” Remembered: The Legacy of US Involvement and the Korean War in East Asia. Panel paper “Complicity and Cold War Politics: The Long Shadow of Unit 731 in Sino-US Relations” to be presented at the Southeastern Conference for the Association of Asian Studies, Wake Forest University, January 2024.
Organizer and panelist for session on History, Memory, and Geopolitics – How the Legacy of World War II Shapes National Narratives in the 21st Century. Panel paper “Longer War, Stronger Legitimacy – How the Chinese Communist Party Redefined the War of Resistance against Japan to Bolster Its Right to Rule” to be presented at the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Annual Conference, Arlington, VA, June 16, 2023.
Organizer and panelist for War, Revolution, and Memory: How China and Korea’s Recent Past Haunts the Present, 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, 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.