Jie Li is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. Her research interests focus on propaganda, testimony, and the mediation of memories in modern China. She teaches classes on East Asian cinema, Chinese media studies, urban history, and documentary films. She is the author of Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life (Columbia University Press, 2014) and co-editor of Red Legacies in China: Cultural Afterlives of the Communist Revolution (Harvard Asia Center, 2016). Her next book, Utopian Ruins: A Memorial Museum of the Mao Era, is forthcoming with Duke University Press in Fall 2020. She is now working on a new book project about the exhibition and reception of cinema in socialist China, with two forthcoming essays in the journals Screen and Grey Room. She has also published articles about the cinema of Manchuria (in positions: east asia cultures critique), about contemporary Chinese documentaries (in Public Culture Jump Cut), about a Chinese museum town (in Modern China), about Maoist police files (in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures), as well as about radios and loudspeakers (in Twentieth-Century China).

Last Updated: February 5, 2020



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