Karen Thornber
Karen Thornber

Karen Thornber 唐丽园

Harry Tuchman Levin Professor in Literature and Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Karen Thornber’s primary areas of research and teaching are world literature and the literatures and cultures of East Asia, particularly Japan, as well as the Indian Ocean Rim.

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Harvard University Asia Center | CGIS South S222 | 1730 Cambridge Street | Cambridge, MA 02138
Jie Li
Jie Li

Jie Li 李潔

Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

As a scholar of literary, film, and cultural studies, Jie Li’s research interests center on the mediation of memories in modern China.

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david wang
david wang

David Der-Wei Wang 王德威

Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature

David Der-wei Wang holds a joint appointment in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Department of Comparative Literature.

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leonard van derkuijp
leonard van derkuijp

Leonard van der Kuijp 范德康

Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies

Leonard van der Kuijp is professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies and chairs the Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies. Best known for his studies of Buddhist epistemology, he is the author of numerous works on Tibet and TibetanRead More

Department of South Asian Studies | Inner Asian and Altaic Studies | 1 Bow St. | Cambridge
Ellen Widmer
Ellen Widmer

Ellen Widmer 魏爱莲

Mayling Song Professor of Chinese Studies, Wellesley College

Professor Ellen Widmer studies traditional Chinese fiction, history of Chinese women's writing, history of the book in China, and missionaries to East Asia.

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stephen owen
stephen owen

Stephen Owen 宇文所安

James Bryant Conant University Professor, Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus

Stephen Owen is a sinologist specializing in premodern literature, lyric poetry, and comparative poetics. Much of his work has focused on the middle period of Chinese literature (200-1200), however, he has also written on literature of the early period andRead More

Thomas Kelly
Thomas Kelly

Thomas Kelly 陶明

Assistant Professor of Pre-Modern Chinese Literature

Thomas Kelly is the Assistant Professor of Pre-Modern Chinese Literature at the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is a scholar of late imperial Chinese literature. His research attends to the interplay between the literary imagination and ChineseRead More

2 Divinity Avenue | Cambridge MA 02138
Waiyee li
Waiyee li

Wai-Yee Li 李惠仪

Professor of Chinese Literature

Wai-yee Li has been Professor of Chinese Literature at Harvard since 2000. Li earned her B.A. from the University of Hong Kong and her Ph.D. from Princeton University (1987), where she was associate professor from 1996 to 2000.

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Wilt Idema 伊維德

Professor of Chinese Literature, Emeritus

Wilt L. Idema (b. 1944) obtained his BA, MA and PhD from Leiden University. Following a two years’ stay in Japan and Hong Kong (1968-1970) he taught at Leiden University from 1970 to 1999. From 2000 to 2013 he taughtRead More

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