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M.A., University of Michigan, 1996
B.A., Yale University, 1994
My work focuses on early and medieval Chinese literature and thought, with a particular emphasis on poetry and poetics, literary history, and anecdotal writings. I am the author of The Poetics of Sovereignty: On Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty (2010) and Anecdote, Network, Gossip, Performance: Essays on the Shishuo xinyu (2021), as well as co-editor of Idle Talk: Gossip and Anecdote in Traditional China (2013) and Literary Information in China: A History (2021). I've also published various articles and essays on the poet Du Fu, donkey-braying, and network visualization. Recently I was co-director of the SIF-funded Humanities Informatics Lab (Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures; 2017–2020) and is broadly interested in lyric theory, computational approaches to literary analysis, information histories, questions of comparative and world methodology, and cats. My current book project is a study of poems composed by ghosts in medieval China, along with collaborative projects on reading practices in East Asia and literature as information systems.