International, 2019

Research Interests

Comparative Imperial history, History of Political Economy, early modern China, early modern Britain, Intellectual history


I am interested in the history of the state in early modern and modern China and Western Europe (especially Britain), with additional interests in intellectual history, comparative imperial history, and the history of political economy. Current research projects include a comparative history of the public sphere in seventeenth-century China and Britain, a focused study of the political thought of the seventeenth-century Confucian Lu Shiyi, and a reconsideration of the late-Ming Donglin and Fu She movements. In the future I hope to work on mercantilism, on eighteenth-century state building in Britain and China, on the “social question” in early-modern Europe and China, and on the intellectual history of nineteenth-century Chinese political economy; I am also increasingly interested in the history of Suzhou and Jiangnan more generally.

I am fundamentally invested in exploring the reciprocal influences between ideas and their institutional and political-economic contexts. I look forward to engaging with and learning from other students excited about such an approach, working in contexts both similar and dissimilar to my own fields.

At Chicago I will be working primarily with Steve Pincus and Ken Pomeranz. Prior to coming to Chicago, I spent AY 19/20 at National Taiwan University in Taipei on a fellowship from the Richard U. Light Foundation, where I took classes and researched at the National Palace Museum and National Library. Before that I studied history and Chinese literature at Yale.