Assistant Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Late imperial and twentieth century China
    • Chinese-Western relations since the 18th century.
    • Christianity in China
  • Department:

    • History
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. History and Asian Studies Pennsylvania State University


I am a social and cultural historian of modern China. I teach courses on modern China, modern Japan, and modern East Asia in general.

My current research studies the real estate empire of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris (French: Société des Missions Étrangères de Paris, short M.E.P.) in south China from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. It examines how the mission acquired their properties, and what happened to their properties as the political landscape changed in China.



  • "Building an Ecclesiastical Real Estate Empire in Late Imperial China," The Catholic Historical Review 104, no. 4 (Autumn 2019): 636-658.
  • “A Martyr and a Hero: Political Ideologies and Religious Experiences in Modern China,” in Catholicism’s Encounters with China. 17th to 20th Century, ed. Alexandre Chen Tsung-ming (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2018), 255-274.
  • Regulating Church Property in Late Imperial China,” Frontiers of History in China 12, no. 1 (April 2017): 93-111.
  • “Xin cailiao, xin shijiao, Jiujinshan daxue de Guangzhou dang’an jieshao” (New Sources, NewPerspectives: Introduction to the Canton Archive of University of San Francisco) (in Chinese), in Jidujiao yu Zhongguo shehui wenhua: di wu jie guoji qingnian xuezhe yantaohui lunwenji (Studies in Christianity and Culture: Essays from the Fifth International Young Scholars Symposium), ed. Lai Pinchao and Wu Xiaoxin (Hong Kong: Center for the Study of Religion and Chinese Society, Chung Chi College, CUHK, 2014), 115-128.
  • "Catholicism and the Gelaohui in Late Qing China," New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 15 (June 2013): 93-113.


  • Lead translator from English to Chinese A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552-1610 by R. Po-chia Hsia (Oxford University Press 2010). Published as Li Madou: Zijincheng lide Yesuhuishi. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe 2012.

Book Reviews


  • HIST 121, Asian Civilization II

  • HIST 452, China in the Modern World, 1600-Present

  • HIST 455, Tokugawa and Modern Japan, 1600-Present

  • HIST 492, Capstone Seminar

  • HIST 456 East Asia in the Age of Empire