Personal Statement:

My research examines the intersection of the body, migration, discourse, and institution. From a trans-Pacific perspective, my dissertation centers the roles of visuality and the racialized body to understand U.S. inclusion and exclusion in the enforcement of Chinese Exclusion Laws in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Dissertation Title:

“Golden Lilies” Across the Pacific: Bodies and Paradoxes of U.S. Inclusion in Enforcing the Chinese Exclusion Laws

Selected Publications:

2017 Encyclopedia Entry, “Biography of Mrs. Robert J. Burdette, b.1855-d.1954.” In Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890–1920 (forthcoming, online database, “Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000”).

2017 Book Chapter, “‘Golden Lilies’ Across the Pacific: Footbinding and the American Enforcement of Chinese Exclusion Laws.” In Gendering the Trans-Pacific World: Diaspora, Empire, and Race, edited by Catherine Ceniza Choy and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (Brill, 2017).

2015 Book Review, In Pursuit of Gold: Chinese American Miners and Merchants in the American West, by Sue Fawn Chung. Urbana, Il.: University of Illinois Press, 2011. In Enterprise & Society, 2015, 16: 988 – 990.

2014 Encyclopedia Entry, “Charles K. Kao.” In Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social,Cultural, and Political History (ABC-CLIO, 2014).

Teaching Fields:

Asian American History;
American History;
World History;
African History


Courses Taught:

ASAM 100AA  Chinese Americans

Teaching Assistant
HIST17A  American People (Colonial Era)
HIST17B  American People (1840-1920)
HIST17C  American People (World War I-present)
ASAM 1  Introduction to Asian American History
ASAM 5   Introduction to Asian American Literature
HIST/BLST 49B African History since 1800
HIST 2B   World History (1000-1700 CE)

Awards & Professional Activities:

2018  Richard and Jeanne Williams Endowed Graduate Fellowship
2018  Department Conference and Research Grants
2017  Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship
2017  Regent’s Dissertation Fellowship
2017  Robert O. Collins Prize for “the most impressive first publication”
2017  History Associates Fellowship
2016 Women, Gender, and Social Justice: Intersectional and Transnational Research Award
2016  Richard and Jeanne Williams Endowed Graduate Fellowship
2016  History Associates Fellowship
2016  Dissertation Fellowship
2015  James D. Kline Fund for International Studies Award
2015  Humanities & Social Sciences Research Grant
2015  Joseph E. And Gina Laun Janotta Foundation Research Prize
2012  Outstanding Graduate Student Awards of Beijing, only one winner of History Department
2009-2012 Fellowships, Renmin University of China

Professional Activities
2018    Invited Roundtable Presenter, “Searching for Cinderellas: American Foot Fever and Chinese Admissibility During the Exclusion Era” “Transnationalisms, Transgressions, Translations: Conversations and Controversies,” The International Federation for Research in Women’s History (IFRWH/FIRHF), Vancouver, BC, Unceded Coast Salish Territory-Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations. August 9-12, 2018.

2018     Presenter, “The Monitoring of Truth, Female Bodies and American Immigration Archival
Production during the Chinese Exclusion Era.” Pacific Coast Branch-American Historical Association, Santa Clara, CA, August 2-4, 2018.

2018     Invited Participant, “The Lovers of Small Feet: Chinese Alterity, Global Beauty and Possibilities of Sisterhood.” Workshop on “Understanding Harmful Cultural Practices: Origins, Drivers & Behavior Change,” organized by David Lawson (UCSB) & Mhairi Gibson (University of Bristol), UCSB College of Letters and Science and the Broom Center for Demography, March 19-20, 2018.

2017     Invited panelist, “’Golden Lilies’ Across the Pacific: Footbinding and the American Enforcement of Chinese Exclusion Laws.” “Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking About Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy,” The Seventeenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities. Hofstra University, June 1-4, 2017.

2017     Invited roundtable participant, “Roundtable Discussion/Response.” “Gendering the Trans-Pacific World: Creating New Paradigms and Mentoring in the Academy,” University of California, Irvine, May 12, 2017.

2016     Participant, “Gendering American Immigration Inspection During the Chinese Exclusion Era.” AAPI History Symposium, at Huntington Library, organized by The UCLA Asian American Studies Center and Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, February 27, 2016.

2016     Presenter, “Revisiting ‘Golden Lilies’ in the Transpacific World.” Harvard East Asia Society Conference 2016 [Re]imagining Asia. Harvard University, February 20-21, 2016.

2015     Presenter and commentator, “Footbinding and the Enforcement of Chinese Exclusion Laws in the United States.”[跨太平洋的“金莲”:缠足与美国排华移民法案的实施] World History Graduate Forum. Beijing Normal University, December 27, 2015.

2015     Presenter, “’Golden Lilies’ Across the Pacific: American Construction of Footbinding and Chinese Immigration.” Asian American Studies at a Crossroads: A Conference Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Department of Asian American Studies. University of California, Santa Barbara, March 5, 2015.