PhD in Chinese Studies, University of Cambridge, UK
BA and MA in Sinology, KU Leuven, Belgium
I am a historian of premodern China, with a particular interest in medieval China’s foreign relations. My current research project is based on my doctoral dissertation and traces the development of the Sinosphere in the first millennium, when the foundations were laid for what we now know as “East Asia”.
The courses I teach cover modern and premodern China, Japan and Korea. In addition to survey courses tracing traditions and transformations in East Asia, I teach courses on cultural history, and foreign relations, and I look forward to developing new courses in history and memory, gender, and material culture, among other topics. In all my courses we work intensively with primary source materials (in translation), and use discussion and group work to come to a better understanding of East Asian culture and history.
Premodern Inner Asia
China's Magical Creatures (and where to find them)
Introduction to Chinese Culture (Premodern China)
China's foreign relations before 1800
Affiliated with Program in Asian Studies
“ ‘Nobody Changed Their Old Customs’: Tang Views on the History of the World”. In The “Global” and the “Local” in Early Modern and Modern East Asia, edited by B. Elman et al., 146-166. Leiden: Brill, 2017.
“Tang Taizong in Korea: The Siege of Ansi”. In East Asian History 40 (2016): 1-17.
A Review of “Reinventing the Barbarian: Rhetorical and Philosophical Uses of the Yi-Di in Mid-Imperial China, 600–1300”, by Shao-yun Yang, for Dissertation Reviews, 13 October 2015 (http://dissertationreviews.org/archives/12882).