My current research focuses on the following.
- visual and literary representation of the supernatural in early modern East Asia (through co-organization of a conference and publication project with Dr. Anne Commons of the Department of East Asian Studies)
- characterizations of China in Japanese visual culture of the first half of the 20th century
- the transnational construction of early modern and modern Chinese identities through topographic, cartographic, and ethnographic representation
My recent publications include the exhibition catalogue All under Heaven: The Chinese World in Maps, Pictures, and Texts from the Collection of Floyd Sully (Edmonton: University of Alberta Libraries, 2013), which won the American Library Association’s Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Catalogue Award (Category 1, Expensive) for 2014, and “Art, Aesthetics, and Religion in Modern China,” in Modern Chinese Religion II: 1850-2015, eds. Vincent Goossaert, Jan Kiely, and John Lagerwey (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 197-257. My monograph Culture in Common: Wang Yiting’s Art of Exchange with Japan will soon be published by Brill.