I am Lecturer in Chinese Studies in the School of Humanities. I joined the University of Westminster in 2019. Prior to that, I worked at the University of Leicester where I was Teaching Fellow in Modern Chinese History.
I was awarded a PhD in Contemporary Chinese Studies from the University of Nottingham in 2019. My doctoral thesis examined the online politics of representation surrounding Tibetan modernity in contemporary China.
I hold a BA in Chinese Studies and Sociology from University College Cork (Ireland), and a MA in East Asian Politics from Leiden University (The Netherlands). I also studied Mandarin at Sichuan University (China), and Tibetan at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute (Nepal).
My research focuses on the cultural dimensions of social and political transformation in modern and contemporary China. I am especially interested in Chinese media representations of ethnicity and race, gender and sexuality, nationalism, and military.
My current projects focus on official representations of Tibet in the post 2008 era, and celebrity politics in the PRC. I was also recently part of a collaborative project on Sinophone creative responses to Covid-19, racism, and xenophobia.