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.
For more information, please visit his website: https://sites.wustl.edu/genealogies/
Xin's major interests include book history, printing technology, visual and material culture, the history of the family, and the digital humanities.