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375 Portola Plaza                                                                                      2935 Duray Place Apt 1  

341 Haines Hall                                                                                         Los Angeles, CA 90016   

University of California, Los Angeles                                                                     

Box 951553                                                                                                                                        

Los Angeles, CA 90095

 

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles

Ongoing         Ph.D., Anthropology                                                                    

2016                ABD                                                                                                                          

2015                Certificate, Urban Humanities Initiative                                                            

Boston University  

2012                M.A., International Relations and Religion                                                   

                         Thesis: Orthodoxy and its Discontents: The Transformation of Jewish Identity in Transitional and Post-Transitional South Africa

2008               B.A., Chinese Cultural Anthropology and Art History                                            

                         Summa Cum Laude

                         Thesis: Han-Minority Relations as Depicted in Twentieth Century Chinese Art

2007               International Honors Program

                         Comparative study-abroad, Brazil, South Africa, and New Zealand                                                

PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

2016              “Dancing Grannies in the Modern City: Dance and Alternative Consumption in Urban China” Asian Anthropology. Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp. 225-241.

N.D.               “ ‘Our Hearts are Full of Bitterness’: The Conundrums of Aging in Urban China.” Drafted. In preparation for journal submission

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

2015              “The Urban Legend.” Co-authored with Phoebe Brauer and Luis Ochoa. Urban China Magazine Special Issue 72: “Urban Humanities: Producing                         Knowledge on the Megacity.”

CONFERENCES and PRESENTATIONS

Panels Organized

2017             American Ethnological Society

                      Stanford, California, March (Co-Chair)

                      “The Leftovers: Producing, Maintaining, and Exposing Urban Waste in Southwest China”

2015             American Anthropological Association 114th Meeting

                       Denver, Colorado, November (Co-Chair)

                       “The Politics of Ritualization and the Ritualization of Politics in East Asia”         

Papers and Posters Presented

2017             American Ethnological Society

                      Stanford, California, March

                      “Our Hearts are Full of Bitterness: Aging and Agency in Urban China”

2015            American Anthropological Association 114th Meeting

                      Denver, Colorado, November

                     “Dancing is Better than Protesting: Regulation and Ritualization of Congregational Dancing in Urban China”

2015            American Ethnological Society

                      San Diego, California, March

                     “Dancing Grannies” in the Modern City: Alternative Consumption in Chengdu, China

2014             American Anthropological Association 113th Meeting

                      Washington, D.C., December

                      Poster: “Dancing Grannies” in the Modern City: Dance and Alternative Consumption in Chengdu, China

Discussant

2013            UCLA-USC Joint East Asia Studies Conference

                      Los Angeles, California. November                               

AWARDS, HONORS, and FELLOWSHIPS

2017                Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship                              $17,900

2016-2017     Confucius China Studies Doctoral Research Fellowship                 $10,000 

2016-2017     UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship (included tuition)               $20,000  

2016                UCLA International Institute Dissertation Fellowship                           $5000 

2016                UCLA Center for Chinese Studies Duthie-Secchia Fellowship           $2500

2016                UCLA Anthropology Department Research Award                            $2500

2015                UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative Research Award                           $1500

2015                UCLA Anthropology Department Summer Research Award              $3000

2015                UCLA Anthropology Department Research Award                            $4000                             

2015                UCLA Anthropology Department Travel Award                                 $1000                   

2014                UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship                                 $6500

2014                UCLA Laurie Duthie Research Fellowship                                           $2000           

2014                UCLA Center for Chinese Studies Research Fellowship                     $1000                       

2009-2011    Boston University Mellon Fellowship (included tuition)                   $18,000          

2010-2011     Boston University International Relations Graduate Assistantship  $12,000

2008               Boston University Harold C. Case Scholarship                                 $ 8000

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016                  UCLA Department of Anthropology (Sole Instructor)

                            Anthropology 175Q: China: Continuity and Change

2016                  UCLA Freshman Cluster Seminar (Sole Instructor)

                            Chosen Families: Blood, Love, and “Fictive” Kinship

2015                  UCLA Freshman Cluster (Teaching Fellow)

                           Sex: From Biology to Gendered Society, interdisciplinary course with Abigail Saguy (Sociology), Martie Haselton (Psychology), Erin Vilain                                    (Human Genetics), and Arthur Arnold (Integrative Biology and Physiology)

2014- 2015      UCLA Department of Anthropology (Teaching Associate)

                            Urban Anthropology with Tritia Toyota, Spring 2015

                            Study of Social Systems with Sherry Ortner, Winter 2015

                            Kinship and Gender with Nancy Levine, Fall 2014

2009- 2010     Boston University Department of Religion (Teaching Fellow for Elie Wiesel)

                            Faith and Destruction: religious and literary responses to the Holocaust, Fall 2009

                            Biblical Choices: interpretations of biblical characters, Fall 2009

                            Fiction of Elie Wiesel: literature and memory, Fall 2010

                            Nonfiction of Elie Wiesel: history, authenticity, and the memoir format, Fall 2010

INVITED TALKS

2016           Sichuan University Department of Sociology

                    “Conducting Ethnographic Research: Methodology and Project Development”

SELECTED WORK EXPERIENCE

2016-Present             Sichuan University Visiting Scholar

2013-Present             UCLA Department of Anthropology Graduate Student

2010-2011                   Boston University Department of International Relations Graduate Research Assistant                

2007                             Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archival Assistant                  

MEMBERSHIPS and ASSOCIATIONS

2012-Present       American Anthropological Association

2012-Present       Society for East Asian Anthropology

2008-Present      Phi Beta Kappa Society                                                                                               

PUBLISHING and EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

2006-2008       President and EIC, Boston University Editorial Society                      

2006-2008       Editor-in-Chief, Boston University Back Bay Review

2005-2008       Staff Editor, The Brownstone Journal

2005-2008       Staff Editor, Pusteblume Journal of Translation                   

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

2014-2015       Treasurer, UCLA Anthropology Graduate Student Association

MEDIA COVERAGE

2016                  Funen Herald-Tribune (Denmark)

                            Katrine Vigilius, “Focus: Chinese Elderly Care” July 3rd.

FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE

2016-2017     12 months in Chengdu, China (ongoing)

2015                Eight weeks in Chengdu, China

                          Ten days in Shanghai, China with interdisciplinary team

2014                Seven weeks in Chengdu, China

2011                Three weeks in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa

MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITIONS

2015    Shanghai West Bund Biennale, September

              Film: “The Cattle Slaughterer’s Daughter: Memory and Urbanism in Shanghai”

LANGUAGE

Mandarin Chinese: fluent in both reading and speaking with translation experience

Sichuanese Dialect: native fluency

French: intermediate reading, beginner speaking

SOFTWARE and MULTIMEDIA

·      Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Final Cut

·      ATLAS.ti