Research and Teaching:
I am now retired and no longer teaching or taking graduate students. My research interests continue to be primarily in Chinese intellectual and social history, as well as in the literary and other cultural interactions that took place between China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam in premodern times. My most recent book (2017) is a revised paperback edition of Fathoming the Cosmos and Ordering the World: The Yijing (I-Ching, or Classic of Changes) and Its Evolution in China
, first published by the University of Virginia Press in 2008. Other recent books include: The Qing Dynasty and Traditional Chinese Culture
(Rowman and Littlefield, 2015); Mapping China and Managing the World: Cosmology, Cartography and Culture in Late Imperial Times
(Routledge, 2013); The I Ching: A Biography
(Princeton University Press, 2012); and a co-edited volume (with Nanxiu Qian and Grace Fong) titled Different Worlds of Discourse: Transformations of Gender and Genre in Late Qing and Early Republican China
(Brill, 2008.) I am currently working on a book-length study tentatively titled Popular Science in Late Imperial China.