BPCC Academic Board
Lydia Liu is the Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. Liu’s research has focused on cross-cultural exchange in recent history; the movement of words, theories, and artifacts across national boundaries; and the evolution of writing, textuality, and technology. Her recent collaboration with Rebecca Karl and Dorothy, The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Feminism, appeared in print in the Weatherhead Books on Asia series, published by Columbia University Press in 2013. As a creative writer, she recently published The Nesbit Code (in Chinese) with Oxford University Press in Hong Kong. Professor Liu is the author of The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious (University of Chicago Press 2010). Her other books include The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making (2004); and Writing and Materiality in China (co-edited with Judith Zeitlin, 2003). Liu was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1997–1998) and a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin (2004–2005); in 2013, she was the Class of 1932 Fellow in the Humanities Council at Princeton University. Liu founded a new Tsinghua-Columbia Center for Translingual and Transcultural Studies (CTTS) at Tsinghua University.