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.” Far from being monolithic in their views, Chinese intellectuals saw the Fajia as everything from an ancient revolutionary precursor to Communism, to an appropriate model for constitutional monarchism.
I am interested in the history of Marxist thought in its many iterations, from Trotskyism to Maoism, to the New Left of the 1960s and beyond. More specifically, I am interested in researching the intellectual history of debates over the theory of Historical Materialism. Because I am also deeply interested in ancient Chinese thought, I focus my research on the connections between Chinese Marxism and ancient Chinese thought. My current research project is on the public reception and knowledge production of the 1973-1976 Criticize Lin Biao, Criticize Confucius Campaign.
My other academic interests include psychoanalysis, Confucianism, Buddhism, and the political history of the international communist movement.
Teaching Appointment: IAH204: Asia and the World (Fall 2015, Spring 2016) with Dr. Sidney Lu
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