Chair, Council on East Asian Studies
Jing Tsu is a literary scholar and cultural historian of modern China at Yale University, and author of four books (two co-edited). Her research spans literature, linguistics, science and technology, typewriting and digitalization, diaspora studies, migration, nationalism, and theories of globalization. Her first book, Failure, Nationalism, and Literature: The Making of Modern Chinese Identity, 1895-1937 (Stanford University Press 2005), has been praised by different critics as “bold,” “original,” “a provocative and innovative book that opens up new critical spaces,” and “a seriously good read.” Her second book, Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora (Harvard University Press 2010), has been called “a truly groundbreaking work in Sinophone studies,” “an unusual, complex, and remarkable book,” “a captivating work of linguistic and literary scholarship,” and a “must-read.” It is currently being translated into Chinese. Crossing different fields and disciplines by making new connections between disparate contexts, Tsu has been widely recognized in Asia and the U.S. for her approach. She has received fellowships and honors from the Society of Fellows (Harvard), Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard), and most recently the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). In 2011, she was awarded a multi-year New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to pursue a project on the Chinese script in the age of the western alphabet.At Yale, Tsu is also a Senior Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, a member of the Executive Committee of both the Whitney Humanities Center and the Humanities Program, as well as a faculty affiliate of WGSS (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) and ER&M (Ethnicity, Race, and Migration).