In 1994 I volunteered to serve
a proselyting mission in
Taiwan. I resided there for two years, learning
Mandarin and enjoying the cultural experience
of both urban centers and rural villages.
In 1998-9 I went to China to study Chinese language and culture at Peking University. While living in Beijing I took advantage of the opportunity to travel extensively and visit many historical sights, including the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xi'an.
In 1999 I graduated from Utah State University with Bachelors degrees in both Asian Studies and History, with a minor in Chinese. That summer I married and spent the next two years studying Asian history and Japanese as a graduate student.
In 2001 we moved to the University of Pittsburgh to begin a doctoral program in Chinese history. Since then I received funding to conduct research across China, including Guangzhou, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Macao, and Beijing. (details on funding sources and research institutions appear in the c.v.)
In 2002 our son Ian was born, and in 2004-5 we all spent a year in Taiwan while I conducted research at the Academia Sinica as a Fulbright fellow.
In 2005 our daughter Anya was born. While working on the dissertation I presented my research at Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, China, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association and American Anthropological Association.
After graduating in 2008 I received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. I am currently an assistant professor of Chinese history at Rhodes College in Memphis, where I teach courses on China’s Cultural Revolution, WWII in the Pacific, Traditional China, Modern China, East Asia in the Modern World, and an innovative course on Museums, Monuments and Memory.