Stanford University –Stanford, California

Ph.D. in History


  • Dissertation: “Sounding the Nation: Dialect and the Making of Modern China"
  • Major Fields: Modern China, Late Imperial China, Modern Japan, World History

International Chinese Language Program – Taipei, Taiwan 

Summer, 2010; 2011-2012

Robert E. Cook Honors College at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Indiana, Pennsylvania


B.A. in History and Asian Studies, Minor in Art History

  • Summa Cum Laude

Professional Employment

Trinity University – San Antonio, Texas

Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese History 


  • Courses Taught: Modern East Asian History, Modern China, Race and Ethnicity in East Asia

         Being Young in Asia


“Orbiting the Core”: Politics and the Meaning of Chinese Linguistics, 1927-1957.” Twentieth-Century China Special Issue on National Language, Dialect, and the Construction of Identity 42, no. 3.

How the Opposition is Silenced in Hong Kong and Thailand. Foreign Affairs​, September 15, 2017. 
What Liu Xiaobo's Death Says About China's Two Futures. The Nation, July 25, 2017
Tongue-tied in Hong Kong: The fight for two systems and two languages. Foreign Affairs​, August 3, 2016. 

Grants and Awards

Stanford History Department Weter Fellowship (2015)
Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2015-2016)
Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Grant (2013-14)
Blakemore Foundation Fellowship (2011-12)
Fulbright IIE Research Grant (2008-09)

Teaching Experience

  • Modern History of East Asia, Modern History of China, Race and Ethnicity in East Asia, Being Young in Asia, Trinity University. 
  • The History of Modern China. Westmont College, Spring, 2016 
  • City Between Empires: Nationalism, Colonialism, and Identity in Hong Kong, 1841-Present. Stanford, Spring, 2013​

Conference Presentations

  • “Songs of Authenticity: Gender, Language, and the Construction of China’s National Culture." On the panel ​Home and Nation: Domesticity and the Creation of a Chinese National Identity at the annual Western Association of Women Historians conference, San Diego, April, 2017. 
  • "Unchangeable Roots: Fangyan and the Creation of the Chinese National Language." On the panel China Beyond Standardization at the annual Association of Asian Studies conference, Toronto, March, 2017
  • “Fangyan Sing-a-long: The Folksong Collection Movement and Language Standardization in 1920s China.” Presented on panel Language Standardization and State Power in the Twentieth-Century Sinosphere at the International Association of Asian Studies Conference Language, Power and Identity in Asia: Creating and Crossing Language Boundaries, Leiden, Netherlands, March 2016.

  • “The Meaning of Chinese: Scholars and the State in the History of Modern Chinese Dialect Studies.” Presented on the panel National Language, Dialect, and Identity in Twentieth-Century China at the Association of Asian Studies annual conference, Chicago, March 2015.

Workshops and Presentations

  • "Unchangeable Roots: Dialect and the creation of a modern Chinese language." Talk at the Chinese Studies Research Group, San Francisco, California, October, 2015.
  • "Sounding the Nation: Missionaries, Scholars, and the State in the Making of Modern Chinese" Talk at the University of California, Irvine, October, 2015. 
  • “The Mandarin Revolution: Dialect and Language Reform during the Great Leap Forward.” Presented at Stanford Symposium New Directions in China History, February 2015.


  • Panel Organizer: "China Beyond the Standard." Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, March, 2017. ​​
  • Conference Organizer: Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese 2016 Humanities (April, 2016)
  • Panel Organizer: “Language Standardization and State Power in the Twentieth-Century 2016 Sinosphere.” International Association of Asian Studies Conference Language, Power and Identity in Asia: Creating and Crossing Language Boundaries, March, 2016
  • Panel Organizer: “National Language, Dialect, and Identity in Twentieth-Century China.” Association of Asian Studies, March, 2015​

Fieldwork Experience

Hong Kong University Library Visiting Scholar, Winter, 2014

Guangzhou, China:

  • Guangdong Provincial Archives, Visiting Researcher, 2013
  • Guangzhou Municipal Archives, Visiting Researcher, 2013
  • Guangdong Provincial Library, Visiting Researcher, 2013

Shanghai, China

  • Shanghai Municipal Archives, Visiting Researcher, 2014, and 2008-09
  • Shanghai Library, Visiting Researcher, 2014, and 2008-2009
  • Shanghai Lexicographical Publishing House, Visiting Researcher, 2014, and 2008-2009
  • Xujiahui Library, Visiting Researcher, 2014

Qingdao, China

  • Qingdao Municipal Archives, Visiting Researcher, Winter, 2014

Beijing, China

  • Beijing National Library, Visiting Researcher, 2014


Mandarin Chinese: Fluent
Japanese: Reading, Advanced; Speaking, Intermediate

Cantonese: Reading, Intermediate; Speaking, Basic