I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and graduated from Albion College with a B.A. in History. I was valedictorian of my class and am a third-generation Albion College graduate in my family. I also come from a family of MSU alumni and athletics fans.
My B.A. thesis, which received Albion College’s Most Outstanding Honors Thesis Award, explores the debate among 20th-century Chinese intellectuals over how to interpret and categorize the ancient Chinese political philosophy Fajia, or “The School of Law.”
I am interested in the history of Marxism and ancient Chinese thought, and I focus my research on the connections between these two. For my dissertation, I am researching the intellectual and cultural history of the Criticize Lin, Criticize Confucius Campaign (1973-1976).
My other academic interests include psychoanalysis, Confucianism, Buddhism, and the political history of international communism.
Teaching Appointments: IAH204: Asia and the World (Fall 2015, Spring 2016) with Dr. Sidney Lu
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