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University of Oregon
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women, gender, race, ethnicity, consumerism, sexuality, transpacific, modern American
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About Me

My current book project, Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture explores the American history of the Chinese parlor game mahjong in the first half of the twentieth century. Mapping the history of mahjong in widely varied settings – Shanghai salons, Angel Island Immigration Station, American Chinatowns, Catskill resorts, and postwar suburbia – the project places the game at the heart of modern American redefinitions of race, gender, and consumer culture.

More broadly, my work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in American and transpacific history. Before beginning graduate work, I lived in Southwest China 2007-2008, teaching English to graduate students at Yunnan University.  Previously, I worked in education and social work in Washington State.  A native of Southern California, I earned my B.A. in History at Whitman College in 2003.

Recent Publications

“Performing Mahjong in the 1920s: White Women, Chinese Americans, and the Fear of Cultural Seduction.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. Vol. 37, No. 1 (2016), pp. 32-65.

Associate Producer, “Allan Bérubé: No Red-Baiting! No Race-Baiting! No Queen-Baiting!, July 2016.

Reevaluating Teaching Evaluations.” Inside Higher Ed, August 16, 2016.

Media Coverage
“Mahjongg becomes popular pastime for Americans,” Xinhuanet. August 27, 2017. “A Mahjong renaissance among Jewish American women,” Haaretz. August 14, 2013. Also featured in The Jewish Daily Forward, August 15, 2013.
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Migration & Immigration, Pedagogy, Race, Sexuality, Women