Xin Yu

Graduate Student in History
Status: Post-Qualification, ABD

Xin Yu’s research explores the role of knowledge production in establishing and maintaining order in late imperial China. His dissertation surveys the family genealogy in late imperial China as a genre, looks at its structure and evolution, analyzes the implications of its popularity, and reassesses the use of genealogies in historical research. His research shows that the genealogy created a discursive space for state ideology, elite activism, and commoners’ pragmatism to encounter and interact, thus facilitating the creation and maintenance of a unified order. As an enthusiastic advocate of interdisciplinary scholarship, he employs a wide range of methods in other disciplines such as art history and the digital humanities in his research. While writing his dissertation, he is currently building three databases: Reasons for a Genealogy, Social Networks of Genealogy Contributors, and Images in Ming Genealogies.
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Xin's major interests include book history, printing technology, visual and material culture, the history of the family, and the digital humanities.

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  • MSC: 1062-107-114
  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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