PhD, History, from University of California, Berkeley, 2005.
Cultural and social history of early modern and modern China, with particular emphasis on the subfields of urban history, performance, the politics of aesthetics, and gender studies.
Opera and the City: The Politics of Culture in Beijing, 1770-1900 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012).
Book review of Drama Kings: Players and Publics in the Re-creation of Peking Opera, 1870-1937, by Joshua Goldstein. The Opera Quarterly: Performance+Theory+History 26.2-3 (2010).
"Kunqu de ouran xiaowang" (The accidental death of kun opera), in Hua Wei et al. (eds.), Kunqu. Chun san er yue tian--miandui shijie de kunqu yu Mudanting (Kun opera's new spring days--kun opera and the Peony Pavilion mount the global stage). Shanghai guji chubanshe (2009).
“The Nun Who Wouldn't Be: Representations of Female Desire in Two Performance Genres of ‘Si fan.'” Late Imperial China 22.1 (2001).
"Actors and Aficionados in Qing Dynasty Texts of Theatrical Connoisseurship," Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 68.1 (2008).