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“To see a world in a grain of sand,” wrote the poet William Blake. It took only one introductory class at UC Berkeley before I declared anthropology as my major, which led to a serious interest in visual anthropology, taking me to the University of Southern California, where I then found myself on the PhD track conducting a project on popular advice and child-rearing in market reform China. My interests are broad, but my research and teaching coalesce around the theme of modernity and subjectivity. I am especially interested in the contingencies of life and the experience of control in relation to large-scale social trends and historical shifts. I have explored this theme in my book Love’s Uncertainty, the writing of which has led me to take a strong interest in the issue of “luck” and the distribution of responsibility, specifically, how and why responsibility is taken and under what circumstances. Currently I am following the development of family therapy in mainland China.
Anthropology of China, anthropology of ethics, childhood studies, psychological anthropology, medical anthropology.
ANTH 1020 Anthropology: The Study of Global Humanity
ANTH 2360/UGED 2666/ANTH 5385 Ethics and the Human Experience
ANTH 3390/5391 Disability and Difference
ANTH 5010 Anthropological Theory
ANTH 5015 Anthropology: A Postgraduate Introduction
Repairing Relationships: An Ethnographic Study of the Development of Family Therapy in China (2015-2018)
Faculty of Arts Outstanding Teaching Award 2013
Faculty of Arts Humanities Fellowship 2016
Faculty of Arts Research Excellence Award 2017-2018
2015 Love’s Uncertainty: The Politics and Ethics of Child Rearing in Contemporary China. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
Journal articles and book chapters (a selection)
2023 (forthcoming) Emotion and Affect. In The Cambridge Handbook for the Anthropology of Ethics. James Laidlaw, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2021 Vicarious Responsibility and the Problem of ‘Too Much’: Moral Luck from the Perspective of Ordinary Ethics. The Monist. Special issue: Vicarious Responsibility and Circumstantial Luck. 104(2): 168-181.
2020 Feelings Run in the Family: Kin Therapeutics and the Configuration of Cause in China. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology. Special issue: “It Runs in the Family”. Exploring Contagious Kinship Connections. 85(4): 696–716.
2017 At the Edge of Safety: Moral Experimentation in the Case of Family Therapy. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry. Special issue: Moral (and other) laboratories. 41(2): 245-266.
2017 (Co-authored with Lone Grøn) Introduction to “Moral (and other) laboratories.” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry. Special issue: Moral (and other) laboratories. 41(2): 185-201.
2017 The problem of moral luck, anthropologically speaking. Anthropological Theory 17(1): 30-59.
2018 Review of The Good Child: Moral Development in a Chinese Preschool. By Jing Xu. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press (2017). The China Quarterly 235: 904-905.
2014 Review of Communities of Complicity: Everyday Ethics in Rural China. By Hans Steinmüller. New York and Oxford: Berghahn (2013). Asian Anthropology 13(1): 78-80.
2014 Review of Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche. Edited by Andrew Kipnis. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (2012). The China Journal 71: 246-248.
2013 Review of Young Chinese in Urban China. By Alex Cockain. New York: Routledge (2012). The China Journal 69: 230-231.
2018-2022 Book reviews editor for Asian Anthropology