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Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Kentucky
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China, early modern, information, print, news, political culture
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About Me

I am a historian of late imperial China, specializing in politics and political culture in the Qing dynasty. I am completing a book project on the history of state news, which reimagines the Qing state as a sponsor of “curated transparency.” Stemming from this longterm project, I am broadly interested in the history of information, especially its intersections with the state and political authority. In addition, I am working on a new project on the cultural and social impact of anxiety and the fate of experimental relief efforts in nineteenth-century Beijing.

Recent Publications

Reading the State: The Peking Gazette in Late Imperial China and Beyond (forthcoming, University of Washington Press)

“Documentary Authority.” In Ann Blair, Paul Duguid, Anja Goeing, and Anthony Grafton, eds., Information: A Historical Companion (Princeton University Press, forthcoming 2021).

“Spies and Postmen: Communications Liaisons and the Evolution of the Qing Bureaucracy.” Frontiers of History in China 14, no.1 (2019): 17–48.

“Reading the Guides, Directories, Manuals, and Anthologies of Liulichang.” East Asian Publishing and Society 7, no.2 (2017): 127–166.

“Reconstructing the Imperial Retreat: Politics, Communications, and the Yuanming Yuan under the Tongzhi Emperor, 1873-4.” Late Imperial China 33, no. 2 (2012): 76–118.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
China, East Asia
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
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