I research and teach the history of China and transnational East Asia, with an emphasis on gender, sexuality, and visual culture.
My research examines how ideas and practices of Chinese masculinity underwent rapid generational changes during the twentieth century. I am currently revising two short manuscripts: one on Chinese bodybuilding culture and physique photography in the first half of the twentieth century, and another on Communist marriage reform and domestic violence in the early 1950s. My work draws on multiple archives in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States, and has received the support of the Mellon Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Program, and the Foreign Language and Area Studies Program.
In addition to teaching at Stanford, I have taught at Yunnan University and Yunnan Normal University and worked as a historical consultant for Finding Your Roots on PBS.