B.A. Temple University; M.A. University of Iowa, Ph.D. University of Chicago.
Author of An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Shanghai Cinema 1896-1937 (University of Chicago Press, 2005), which received “honorable mention for the first book” by the Modern Languages Association. Editor, The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the 21st Century (Duke University Press, 2007). Articles and chapters in Public Culture, Asian Cinema, Postscript, Camera Obscura, Parachute, Art China, and numerous magazines, anthologies, readers, and exhibition catalogues in a number of languages; liner notes on Anna May Wong for Milestone's 2005 DVD of Piccadilly (1937). Creative work includes a poetry collection, Mengzhong Louge (Dream Loft), in women poets' series (Chunfeng Arts Publishing House, China, 1998), and numerous poems and essays in journals and anthologies in several languages.
Awards and Fellowships: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities (1998-1999); Society of Cinema Studies Dissertation Award (2000); Faculty Fellowship, the Project on Cities and Urban Knowledges at the International Center for Advanced Studies (NYU, 2000-01); J. P. Getty Fellowship in the History of Art and the Humanities (2001-2002); National Endowments for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2006). Organized or co-organized Chinese films series and events at New York University, as well as for the Film Society at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, and other venues.
Teaching and research interests: film history and historiography, early cinema, mass culture and modernity, gender and media, cinema and urban culture, cosmopolitanism, Chinese-language cinemas (including documentary and video), Asian and East Asian film studies.