Public Engagement

Public Talks

Here are a few of the talks I have given, either for academic or general audiences. This page does not include most of the talks I have given on my research at academic conferences.

  • “U.S. Race Relations in Chinese Perspective”

I will give this talk on October 24 at the 11th Annual China Town Hall hosted by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This event will also feature a webinar with Susan Rice.

Click here for a link to the event page and poster.

  • “Academic Freedom and its Limits in America as seen through the ‘Salaita Controversy'” 

I gave this talk at the US Consulate in Chengdu on January 25 as part of their weekly Wednesday speaker series. The talk looked at how “academic freedom” in the United States operates in practice by scrutinizing a case study.

Click here to see online readings related to this talk.

“Window or Mirror? How Cultural Knowledge Changes Culture.”

I was invited to give a talk at a TEDx event in Chengdu in April 2016. The name of the event was “Window,” and the title of my talk was “Window or Mirror? How Cultural Knowledge Changes Culture.” For a while I’ve been pondering a future research project on how changes to the the concept of “culture” have historically changed Chinese and global cultures–a sort of recursive phenomenon. This short talk was my first public foray into that topic.

  • “Chinese Physiocracy: Kham as Laboratory for the Agrarian Theory of China.”

This is a paper that I presented at a small conference on Kham studies in Paris during March 2016. This paper looks at agricultural colonization efforts (tunken) of the Chinese state in Kham during the Republican era (1912-49) and places these efforts in the context of a national discourse on agrarianism. The full talk and abstract can be seen here.

  • “Leaving China to Study it? Academic Decision Making Among Female Graduate Students in Chinese Studies.”

This is an ethnographic paper that I researched specifically for the Ethnography of the University Initiative while I was an MA student at the University of Illinois. It won “Best Presentation” award at the EUI 2011 spring conference. The full talk can be seen here.

PhD Candidate, Modern Chinese History

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