What projects are you working on now? Tell us about your new position. What experiences, having been both a student and a faculty at NYU, will be beneficial to your new position?
Since autumn 2015, I have been working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The multidisciplinary training fostered by East Asian Studies at NYU allows me to bring broad, unique perspectives informed by comparative literature, cultural studies, history, and cinema studies, among other areas, to my teaching and research today. Currently I am at work on my first book, a transformed version of the doctoral dissertation, titled Anxiety Aesthetics: Maoism in Postsocialist China.
What recommendations would you give a graduate student at NYU and one focusing in East Asian Studies?
Interdisciplinarity is no longer a catchword or even a keyword in humanities academe. It is increasingly a basic expectation. Consider geopolitical divides the way you think about interdisciplinarity. What are the lines of trade, communication, exchange, and translation that cross national or regional lines in your chosen area of study?
Looking back, what were some of your favorite things about studying at NYU and about the EAS?
The sheer brilliance of the faculty, in EAS and at NYU more generally, in addition to the luxury of being in New York, made grad school worth my while.
Interviewed November 2017