Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology and Suzanne Wilson Barnett Chair in Contemporary China Studies
I am a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on ethnicity and indigeneity in the Asian borderlands. I am also interested in urban-rural transformations, heritage and tourism, wildlife conservation, and China’s global nexus. Prior to joining the University of Puget Sound, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California Berkeley and an assistant professor at the City University of Hong Kong. Currently, I am working on my book manuscript that examines ethnic branding and cultural politics of the Buyi (Bouyei) in Guizhou, southwest China. My publications appeared in Modern China, Social Anthropology, Verge: Global Studies in Asias, Social and Cultural Geography, and International Journal of Heritage Studies, and I have contributed to the Handbook on Ethnic Minorities in China. For more information, please visit my Google Scholar and Academia page. My work has been mentioned by the New York Times and featured on the Phoenix TV Chinese Channel. Over the past few years, I have been participating in global collaborations, particularly through the scholarly networks of “The Chinese-English Keywords Project (CEKP)” and “The Rise of Private Museums and Heritage in East and Southeast Asia.” During my time in Hong Kong, I served as an executive committee member of the Hong Kong Anthropological Society (HKAS), an association dedicated to bringing anthropology beyond the academe to a wider public.