An internationalist and intellectual community builder, I am currently Provincial Chair Professor, University Distinguished Professor, and Professor of British Literature in the School of Foreign Languages at Henan University. I have a strong commitment to theoretically informed historical research, and my work on nineteenth-century British and Anglophone literatures and cultures tends to fall into three, often intersecting, categories: political culture (the attitudes, beliefs, and sentiments that shaped nineteenth-century politics), material culture (defined broadly to include objects and the built environment), and popular fiction (especially the novel of purpose). I also contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning, specializing in international education and experiential pedagogy. You can read more about my publications here


I am a founder of the Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies, a geographically and disciplinarily diverse network of scholars who share an interest in the world’s connectedness between 1750 and 1914, and currently serve as its president. I am also editor of the Society's journal, Global Nineteenth-Century Studies, and co-editor of its book series, Studies in the Global Nineteenth Century, both of which are published by Liverpool University Press. I have held a visiting fellowship at the National University of Singapore and the Lynn Wood Neag Distinguished Visiting Professorship of British Literature at the University of Connecticut. I am Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) and also hold elected fellowships in the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Asiatic Society, and the Royal Historical Society.

I am a general editor of Cultural History. I also serve on the editorial boards of Victorian Popular Fictions and Humanities & Social Sciences Communicationsas an editorial consultant to Meridian, which is published by the Global Studies Center at the Gulf University for Science and Technology; and as a member of the International Editorial Advisory Committee of the South African Journal of Cultural History.

In 2022-23, I am serving as co-chair of an international symposium on "The Global / Oceanic / Nineteenth Century"; lead organizer and chair of the Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies World Congress on "Comparative Empire: Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation, 1750-1914"; and lead organizer and chair of the International Society for Cultural History's 2023 conference.  


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