I’m an historian of modern China with an eye to regional and global connections. My core research interests include environmental history, borderlands history, and the history of nationalism. My current project, The Rooted State, looks at the role of ecology in Chinese state-building on the Tibetan plateau during the early twentieth century.
Last year I returned to the United States from archival research and dissertation writing in mainland China and Taiwan. From 2015 to early 2017 I lived in the city of Chengdu, which I absolutely love. When I’m not working I like backpacking, playing the piano, and getting people together for board games.