• Ph.D. Candidate, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Years of Affiliation: Graduate Student Associate from 2020-2021

Mengdie Zhao’s dissertation “Shades of Justice: Imagining Law and Legal Culture in Late Imperial Chinese Literature” examines the popular critiques of law and justice in literature and drama from the 16th century to the early 20th century in China. She will be drawing evidence from short stories, performative texts, novels, judicial commentaries, and case records, all of which engaged with the legal system and concepts of justice.

Research interests: late imperial China; judicial system; popular culture; morality

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies