- Twentieth Century Chinese history
- Women’s History
- History of Domesticity
- History of Education
- Women in World War II
- Research Associate, University of Oxford, 2010-2012
- Vice-president of Historical Society of Twentieth Century China
- Association for Asian Studies
- American Historical Association
- Chinese Historians in the United States, 2009-11
- Ph.D. University of Washington
- M.A. University of Washington
- B.A. Swarthmore College
Awards and Honors
Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech. April 2014.
Post-doctoral Research Grant, Faculty of History, Oxford University, for research on China’s War with Japan project, September 2010-September 2012.
Research Grants, Department of History, Virginia Tech, for research during the summer and academic years, 2005-2010, 2014.
Keeping the Nation’s House: Domestic Management and the Making of Modern China (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011)
“Raising the Standards of Family Life: Ginling Women’s College and Christian Social Service in Republican China,” in Divine Domesticities: Christian Paradoxes in Asia and the Pacific. Edited by Hyaeweol Choi and Margaret Jolly (Canberra, Australia: Australia National University Press, 2014), 113-139.
“Women and Family Education Reform in Wartime China, 1937-1945,” The Chinese Historical Review 20:2 (November 2013), 180-201. (Part of a special issue on the family in Chinese history)
“Mobilising Women: The Women’s Advisory Council, Resistance, and Reconstruction during China’s War with Japan,” European Journal of East Asian Studies 11:2 (December 2012): 213- 236.
with Rana Mitter, “Introduction: Relief and Reconstruction in Wartime China,” special issue European Journal of East Asian Studies 11:2 (December 2012)
Current Research: War and Society: The social history of China's war with Japan (1937-1945); International relief work in China from the 1920s to 1952 (with a focus on 1940s reconstruction projects)