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MA (University of California at Berkeley)
PhD (Goldsmiths, University of London)
PG Certificate in the Management of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
I was appointed Associate Professor in International Communications at the University of Nottingham Ningbo in September, 2019. Previously, I taught at the University of Southampton, Goldsmiths (University of London), London College of Communication (University of the Arts London), and the University of California at Berkeley. I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE) in 2012. At the Southampton University Students Union Academic Awards in 2017, I received the “Highly Commended: Most Engaging Lecturer” award for Humanities.
I have a PhD from Goldsmiths (Media & Communications), and a MA in Asian Studies (China Concentration) from UC Berkeley. I have also studied at Fudan University (Shanghai) and Tsinghua University (Beijing). My areas of research are contemporary Chinese visual culture and film phenomenology. In 2016, I received a Small Research Grant funded by the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Sir Ernest Cassel Trust for my project "Sites of Commemoration: Contemporary Chinese Commemorative Museums and Affective Experience." This grant has led to my current research project, “Sites and Sights of Commemoration,” which examines the ways specific Chinese episodes of trauma have recently been commemorated in state-funded Chinese museums and films, and interrogates the ways that these “sites” and “sights” discursively, representationally, and affectively create meaning. In addition to this project, I am also currently exploring representations of Jews and Jewishness in contemporary China. I am a former Member and currently an Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish / Non-Jewish Relations at the University of Southampton.
Cinema of Jia Zhangke; Film phenomenology; Contemporary Chinese film; Chinese visual culture