I am a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Prof. Isabelle Cochelin (University of Toronto) and Prof. Albrecht Diem (Syracuse University). In 2020-2022, I will be a postdoctoral fellow at Université du Québec à Montréal, funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec, under the supervision of Prof. Piroska Nagy.
My dissertation focuses on the conception of the spiritual family in medieval monastic communities in the Frankish sphere of power between the sixth century and the twelfth century. More broadly, my research and teaching areas comprise premodern European history, religious history, and gender, sexuality, and kinship.
I was born in Changsha, China, and grew up in Montréal, Québec. I studied in my mother tongue, French, until I attended McGill University, Montréal, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts (First-Class Honours) in history and philosophy. As a bilingual scholar, I have taken up a number of French-English translation projects which have helped the work of fellow scholars reach a wider audience.
I am a scholar who is passionate about facilitating the transmission of knowledge in any shape and form, and about promoting issues of equality, diversity, and inclusion.