Assistant Professor of History
Late Imperial China, Modern China, Modern Japan
- Ph.D., Princeton University, 2017
- M.A., Columbia University, 2011
- B.A. (summa cum laude), Emory University, 2007
Academic Interests and Research
My research focuses on the cultural and intellectual world of the nineteenth century and the transition from empire to nation in China. A book manuscript under preparation examines the unlikely restoration of imperial rule in the aftermath of the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864). The manuscript argues that in a time when local power bases threatened to tear the empire apart, the Qing Court used the education of a series of young emperors to lure competing constituencies back into the fold of central governance. The Court linked local projects of reconstruction into a broader framework of dynastic renewal, first by promising competing scholars around the country the opportunity to serve in the emperor’s classroom and later by presenting the emperor as symbol of a modernizing nation. In doing so, they enabled decades of post-war recovery while preserving the ideal of a unitary state for later national regimes.
- “Empress Dowager Cixi’s Imperial Pedagogy: The School for Female Nobles and New Visions of Authority in Early Twentieth Century China,” Nan Nu: Men, Women, and Gender in China, Volume 20, Issue 2 (January 2019): 256-284.
- “Han Chinese, Manchu, and Western Spaces: The Changing Facade of Imperial Education in Qing Beijing,” Frontiers of History in China, Volume 14, Issue 2 (July 2019): 212-242.
- “Puyi: The Last Emperor of China,” All About History, Issue 76 (March 2019): 48-54.
Selected Professional Awards/Activities/Grants and/or Fellowships
- University of Michigan Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan Asia Library, Research Grant, 2020
- Stanford University Center for East Asian Studies/U.S. Department of Education International and Foreign Language Education Office, Research Grant, 2019-2020
- University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, Research Grant, 2019
- Baylor University Summer Faculty Institute Fellowship, 2019
- Baylor University College of Arts and Sciences Summer Sabbatical, 2018
- Fulbright IIE Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2014-2015
- Princeton University Institute for International and Regional Studies Research Grant, 2013-2014
- Bradley Foundation Research Program Fellowship, 2013-2014
- University of Tokyo Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia Visiting Fellow, Summer 2012
- Adolph G. Rosengarten, Jr. ’27 Graduate Fellowship in History, Princeton University, 2011
- Columbia University Weatherhead East Asian Institute Research Grant, Summer 2010
- China Scholarship Council Semester Study Fellowship, Fall 2007
Courses Taught at Baylor
- HIS 1307 World History Since 1500
- HIS/AST 3305 Traditional China
- HIS/AST 3307 History of Japan
- CHI 3V70 Readings in Chinese
- HIS/AST 4305 Modern China
- HON 3101 Advanced Readings and Research
- HON 4V87 Honors Thesis
- HIS 5393 Graduate Readings in Chinese History