Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz, 2015

M.A., University of Chicago, 2006

A.B., University of California at Berkeley, 2004



My teaching and research interests focus on modern China, Japan, and East Asia in global context. I am a historian of gender and colonialism, and I am particularly interested in how people responded to government policy and institutions that aimed at shaping gender roles and citizenship. I use archival research and oral histories in my work. I teach a survey course on world history since 1400 and a senior seminar on gender and sexuality in modern East Asia in Fall 2016. In my courses, I emphasize the contemporary legacies of historical processes to encourage students to link the present with the past. I encourage students to think about intercultural connections between East Asian countries and other parts of the world. In all my courses, I also emphasize gender, class, and ethnicity as tools to analyze China, Japan, and East Asia.



Modern East Asia

Modern China

World History



Chiang Ching–kuo Foundation Doctoral Fellowships, 2014-2015

University of California Pacific Rim Advanced Graduate Research Fellowships, University of California, 2013-2014

Academia Sinica Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2012-2013

IIE Graduate Fellowships for International Study, 2011-2012


Publication Highlights

“Taiwanese Girls' Education, 1897–1945: Policy and Practice in a Gendered Colonial System.” Eras: Monash University School of Historical Studies Online Journal, Edition Thirteenth, Issue 1 (link)


Conference & Presentation Highlights

“Labor and Memory: The Mobilization of Taiwanese Schoolgirl Labor in World War II,” Presenter, The 19th Annual Conference for the North America Taiwan Studies Association: Taiwan in Theory, University of California, Santa Barbara, June 2013

“The Making of a Modern Woman or Housewife? Han Taiwanese Girls’ Education, 1897–1945,” Presenter, Annual Conference for the Association for Asian Studies: “Expanding Empires in East Asia as an Educational Intersection,” Toronto, Canada, March 2012



Association for Asian Studies

American Historical Association