Jing Tsu

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Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature
115 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
+1 (203) 432-2861


Born in Taipei, Taiwain, Jing Tsu specializes in modern Chinese literature & culture and Sinophone studies, from the 19th century to the present. Her research spans literature, linguistics, science and technology, typewriting and digitalization, diaspora studies, migration, nationalism, and theories of globalization. At Yale she offers graduate seminars on sympathy, world Sinophone literature, and approaches to East Asian intellectual and literary history. From mainland China to Southeast Asia, her area of expertise covers the Sinophone world at large. She is teaching a new undergraduate course this spring, “China in the World,” which features six contemporary topics in historical time. Tsu was most recently a recipient of the New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.

Education History

B.A. UC Berkeley, 1995 (Comparative Literature)
M.A. UC Berkeley, 1996 (Rhetoric)
Ph.D. Harvard, 2001 (Chinese Studies)

Academic Interests

Modern Chinese literature; Sinophone & Diaspora Studies; Linguistics and Philology; History of Science; Technologies of Writing; Theories of Globalization

Publication Highlights

Science and Technology in Modern China, 1880s–1940s (2014) [Amazon]

Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora (2011) [Amazon]

Global Chinese Literature: Critical Essays (2010) [Amazon]

Failure, Nationalism, and Literature (2005) [Amazon]

Departmental Affiliations

East Asian Languages and Literatures; The MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies; Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Program; Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.