Bio

I am a rising sixth-year PhD candidate in American Studies at Harvard University, where I specialize in early American history. Previously, I obtained my B.A. in world history at Nankai University and my M.A. in American history at Peking University, both in China. I got to the field of early American history through a meandering way: before this, I had worked on the 532 Nika Revolt in the Byzantine Empire, the Columbia-trained Republic of China ambassador to the U.S. Hu Shi, origins of the Maya Civilization, the 1837 Rebellion in Canada etc.

I am interested in the connections between China and early America and I am writing a dissertation on those connections, on which I have received generous funding from a variety of institutions, including the Omohundro Institute, the Library Company of Philadelphia, New-York Historical Society, Elizabethtown College, Huntington Library, the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS), the Clark Library and Center for Seventeenth-Eighteenth-Century Studies at UCLA, British Library, Yale University's Beinecke Library and Lewis Walpole Library, and Harvard University's American Studies Program, GSAS, Center for American Political Studies, Graduate Student Council, and Fairbank Center. 

I have presented my research in many places, including the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Rupert's Land Studies Colloquium at the University of Winnipeg, Canada, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference Annual Conference in Bruges, Belgium, Society for the History of Discovery Annual Meeting in Newport, R.I., Symposium on the 19th Century Press, Civil War, and Free Expression at the University of Tennessee, Chatanooga, and the American Historical Association Annual Conference, Washington D.C., Maison Française at the Columbia University, the Graduate Forum of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, the Lewis Walpole Library of Yale University, and a variety of workshops and symposia at Harvard University. 

My Chinese and English book reviews appeared in the Southern Metropolis Daily (Nanfang Dushi Bao), Global History Review (Quanqiushi Pinglun), Journal of Colonialism and Colonial HistoryRenaissance Studies, The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, The Paper (Pengpai) etc. With a professor of mine in college, I translated Drew Gilpin Faust's This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (2008) into Chinese. Another translation of mine, Bernard Bailyn's Sometimes An Art: Nine Essays on History, appeared in Chinese in 2019.