Business History; Material Culture Studies; Chinese History; Nineteenth-Century U.S. History
Ph.D., History, University of Georgia, 2017
M.A., History, Nankai University, 2009
B.A., History and B.S., Economics, Nankai University, 2006
My book manuscript explores the China-U.S. tea trade from 1784 to 1911. As the first book-length examination of Americans’ tea trade with China after the American Revolution, my research explains how U.S. tea consumers shifted away from black to green tea, cultivated a peculiar taste for Oolong tea, and invented the term, “English Breakfast Tea,” to name high-rank Chinese black tea in the nineteenth century. The power dynamics among American, British, and Chinese tea merchants in the credit economy of the tea trade (re)shaped the consumption pattern. Such credit instruments as promissory notes, bills of exchange, and checks financed the transactions between Chinese and U.S. tea merchants and crystallized their power structure. The circulation of the credit instruments, conventionally considered the technique of capitalism, also challenged the conventional understanding of China’s economy as a primitive hard-money system.
Growing out of the research on the tea trade, the other two projects respectively examine tea consumption in the post-Revolutionary United States and the law of credit instruments in late imperial and Republican China.
“‘Flying Cash’: Credit Instruments on the Silk Roads (Link to Academia),” in Jefferey Lerner and Yaohua Shi ed., The Silk Roads: From Local Realities to Global Narratives (Oxford, U.K.: Oxbow Books, 2020), 237-264.
“Green Gold and Paper Gold: Seeking Independence through the Chinese-American Tea Trade, 1784-1815 (Link to Academia),” Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 16, no. 1 (2018): 151-191. (Reprinted in Chinese in Nankai shixue, vol. 27, no.1 (2019): 265-306.)
HIST1502/LBST2102 Chinese Food
HIST 4002/5002 Capitalism in China?
HIST3002 Made in China: Modern Chinese History in Objects (Students’ Online Exhibits)
HIST2600 Chinese-American Trade in the 19th Century
HIST2201 Modern East Asia
LBST2301 History of the Silk Road
Selected Research Awards and Fellowships
External Research Awards and Fellowships
2023 Research Travel Grant, William & Mary Special Collections Research Center
2021 NEH-MHS Long Term Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities & Massachusetts Historical Society
2020 Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society
2018 Outstanding Overseas Students Award, China Scholarship Council
2017 Short-Term Fellowship, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
2016 Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
2016 Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship, National Museum of American History
2016 Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEARS) Short-Term Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia
2015 Peabody Essex Museum Phillips Library Research Fellowship, Peabody Essex Museum
2014 New England Regional Fellowship, New England Regional Fellowship Consortium
Internal Awards and Fellowships
2023 Honors Course Planning Grant, UNC Charlotte
2022 Capitalism Studies Course Development Grant, UNC Charlotte
2021 Frances Lumsden Gwynn Award, UNC Charlotte
2021 Junior Faculty Development Award, UNC Charlotte
2018 Faculty Research Grant, UNC Charlotte
2018 Excellence-in-Research Award, University of Georgia