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Haiyan Lee promoted to Full Professor

Oct 6 2016

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Congratulations to Professor Haiyan Lee on her promotion from Associate Professor to Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and of Comparative Literature. Prof. Lee has been a wonderful addition to both departments. Prior to Stanford, Prof. Lee taught at University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Hong Kong, and has held post-doctoral fellowships at Cornell University and Harvard University.

Her first book, Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950, is a critical genealogy of the idea of “love” (qing) in modern Chinese literary and cultural history. It is the first recipient of the Joseph Levenson Prize in the field of modern Chinese literature. Her second book, The Stranger and the Chinese Moral Imagination, examines how the figure of “the stranger”—foreigner, migrant, class enemy, woman, animal, ghost—in Chinese fiction, film, television, and exhibition culture tests the moral limits of a society known for the primacy of consanguinity and familiarity. Prof. Lee has received a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies which supports her residency at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 2015-16. For more about her work, see “Social Science Research Council (SSRC): New Voices” and “Stanford Report: Getting to the 'heart' of the matter.”

Her current research, tentatively titled "A Certain Justice: Toward an Ecology of the Chinese Legal Imagination," approaches justice as a juridicial, ethical, aesthetic, ecological, and cosmological concept as it emerges from a variety of verbal and visual genres ranging from traditional courtroom drama and knight-errantry tale to modern detective fiction and spy thriller, as well as media and intellectual debates on law and morality, human and animal rights, and social justice.


For the 2016-17 academic year, Prof. Lee is teaching:

Autumn 2016

  • CHINA 340: Chinese Justice: Law, Morality and Literature | W 3:00-5:50 pm

Winter 2017

  • CHINA 70N//COMPLIT 70N: Animal Planet and the Romance of the Species | TTh 12:00-1:20 pm
  • CHINA 110: How to be Modern in China | TTh 3:00-4:20 pm

Spring 2017

  • CHINA 115/215//FGSS 150/250: Sex, Gender, and Power in Modern China | MWF 3:00-4:20 pm