I am a legal and economic historian with regional specialization in East Asia (especially China). My interest in legal history and comparative institutions emerged from my training at Washington University School of Law, where I was an Alex Handler Scholar and Law Awards Scholar. After completing the J.D. I pursued graduate study at Columbia University, where I received my Ph.D. My current book manuscript, which is based on my dissertation, focuses on the growth, governance, and transformation of common pool resources in late imperial China. This project brings empirical research of premodern Chinese legal institutions into theoretical dialogue with Western legal traditions. By so doing, it also reframes the narrative of Chinese early modernity. My research has been supported by the Andrew Mellon foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.
My course offerings include modern and premodern Chinese history, China in the world, Europe and Asia comparisons, as well as international legal issues such as Asian human rights. Before joining FSU, I taught at Grinnell College in Iowa.