Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of History & Philosophy, Montana State University (August 2013-)


PhD in History, Modern China field group (UCSD, 2013)
Dissertation: “The Sound of Ghosts: Ghost Opera, Reformed Drama and the Staging of a New China, 1949-1979.”
MA in History (UCSD, 2010)
BA in History (University of Mary Washington, 2006)

Research interests

Cultural history from the late imperial period to the present; the use of entertainment in state building projects; the renovation of classical culture throughout the twentieth and twenty-first century; contemporary digital gaming culture in the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan; history of Chinese mountaineering.

Research & Publications

Resisting Spirits: Drama Reform and Cultural Transformation in the People’s Republic of China (University of Michigan Press, “China Understandings Today” series;  2019)

Performing Socialism at Altitude: Chinese Expeditions to Mount Everest, 1958–1968,” Performance Research 24.2 (July 2019).

The Game People Played: Mahjong in Modern Chinese Society and Culture,” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review e-journal 17 (December 2015).

A Ghostly Bodhisattva and the Price of Vengeance: Meng Chao, Li Huiniang, and the Politics of Drama, 1959-1979,” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 24.1 (Spring 2012).


Marc L. Moskowitz, Go Nation: Chinese Masculinities and the Game of Weiqi in China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013), Twentieth-Century China 40.1 (Jan. 2015).

Yu Xinzhong, Zhongguo jiating shi, volume 4: Ming-Qing shiqi (Chinese family history: the Ming- Qing period) (Guangzhou: Guangdong renmin chubanshe, 2007), China Review International 15.4.


Stanford East Asia Library Travel Grant, Stanford University (2016)

Research Enhancement Award, Montana State University College of Letters & Science (2016, 2017)

Montana State University Scholarship & Creativity Grant (2014)

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship (2010-2011)

Works in Progress

“Little House on the Yangtze” – article on Laura Ingalls Wilder & Little House series translations in the contemporary PRC

A history of high altitude mountaineering in the PRC



HSTR 140D: Modern East Asia
HSTR 345: Modern China
HSTR 415: Gender & Technology
HSTR 443: Gender in Asia
HSTR 446: Science and Medicine in China
HSTR 467: History of Mountaineering
Spring 2016: The Greater Ranges
HSTR 499R: Senior Capstone
Spring 2014: Games, Play & Society
HSTR 491: Special Topics
Fall 2014/Fall 2016: Memory and Culture in East Asia
Spring 2015/Spring 2017: Games, Play & History
HIST 512, Topics in World History
Spring 2017: Colonial Modernities


HIEA 138: Women & the Chinese Revolution

Conference Presentations

Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, “Navigating Bureaucratic ‘Gusts of Wind’: The Shanghai Theatre World, 1949-1966” (Panel: Hidden Traces of the Repertoire: Reconstructing Chinese Theatre Practice in the Maoist Period). Panel organizer. Toronto, March 2017.

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Conference, “When a Ghost is Not a Ghost: Discourses of Mythology and Superstition in the Early People’s Republic of China” (Seminar: Retelling Fantastic Tales in East Asian and Global Popular Cultures). Cambridge, MA, March 2016.

Thinking Mountains 2015, “A Mountaineering Party of 600 Million: Towards a History of Mountaineering in Modern China” (Panel: “Re-Thinking Mountains: Superstition, Sovereignty, Science, and Socialism”). Jasper, Alberta, May 2015.

Advancing Research Communication & Scholarship (ARCS) 2015, “Datalogical Narratives: Scholars’ Tales of Research” (Roundtable participant). Philadelphia, April 2015.

Foundations of Digital Games (FDG) 2014, “Game studies and area studies: a panel” (Roundtable co-organizer and participant). Ft. Lauderdale, April 2014.

Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, “Charting the Digital in Asian Studies: Promises, Realities, and the Future of Teaching and Research” (Roundtable co-organizer and participant). Philadelphia, March 2014.

Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference, “The Troublesome Ghosts of 1963: Ghost Opera and the Politics of Drama” (Panel: “Opera and Politics in China: From Wartime Period to the Present”). San Diego, March 2013.

The Fifth Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) Conference, “Nail Houses and River Crabs: Online Games and Society in China.” Utrecht School of the Arts, Netherlands, September 2011.


Associate editor, Twentieth-Century China (2015-)

Other Writing

“Video games in China,” in Pop Culture in Asia and Oceania, Jeremy Murray & Kathleen Nadeau, eds. (ABC-Clio, 2016)

The Woman in Green: A Chinese Ghost Tale from Mao to Ming, 1981-1381,” The Appendix vol 1.2: 124-132.

“Mahjong as edutainment,” Memory Insufficient: Asian Histories in Games, May 2013.

Invited Talks

“From Weiqi to Warcraft: Games & Play in Chinese Culture,” Yunnan Normal University (invited guest of Duke Study in China), Kunming, Yunnan, PRC, October 2011.