Jing Tsu is a literary scholar and cultural historian of modern China (mainly 19th century to the present). Her disciplinary and research areas include Diaspora and Sinophone studies, Area Studies, Comparative Literature, and History of Science and Technology. She is the author of Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora (Harvard University Press 2010), Failure, Nationalism, and Literature: The Making of Modern Chinese Identity, 1895-1937 (Stanford University Press 2005), and coeditor of Global Chinese Literature: Critical Essays (with David Der-wei Wang; Brill 2010) and Science and Technology in Modern China, 1880s-1940s (with Benjamin A. Elman; Brill 2014).
Tsu has received numerous awards and distinctions for her interdisciplinary work. Honors include fellowships from the Harvard Society of Fellows, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard), the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), and the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton).
Tsu is also a Senior Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and a faculty affiliate of the Humanities Program, WGSS (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), and ER&M (Ethnicity, Race, and Migration).