A B O U T
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 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 teach and write about nineteenth-century British and Anglophone literatures and cultures. I have a strong commitment to theoretically informed historical research, and my work 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, which sought to effect change in the world). I also contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning, specializing in international education and experiential pedagogy.
I am a general editor of Cultural History. I also serve on the editorial boards of Victorian Popular Fictions and Humanities & Social Sciences Communications and as an editorial consultant to Meridian, which is published by the Global Studies Center at the Gulf University for Science and Technology.