Curriculum Vitae

Katherine L. Alexander

University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations

Education

06.2016 Ph.D.  University of Chicago (Chicago, IL): Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations
12.2009 M.A.   University of Chicago (Chicago, IL): Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations
05.2007 B.A.    Beloit College (Beloit, WI): summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
East Asian Languages and Cultures with departmental honors
Physics with departmental honorsExchange program: Lingnan University (Tuen Muen, Hong Kong S.A.R., China): Exchange program – Fall 2005

Awards and Honors

06.2014 Whiting Dissertation-Year Fellowship, Humanities Division, University of Chicago
06.2014 Martin Marty Junior Fellowship, Martin Marty Center, Divinity School, University of Chicago
05.2013 Chinese Studies Dissertation Fellowship, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago
06.2012 Pre-dissertation Research Grant, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago
04.2012 Fulbright Student Fellowship, United States Department of State
11.2011 Taiwan Fellowship, Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (declined)
05.2007 Lucius Porter Prize for Asian Studies, Beloit College
05.2006 Phi Beta Kappa, Beta of Wisconsin, Beloit College

Conference Activities

Panels Organized

03.2015 “Sowing Seeds of Goodness: Morality Literature in Qing China”
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

Papers Presented

03.2017 Mothers, Maidens, and Ghosts: Afterlives of Qing Chastity Paragons on the Taiwan Frontier

Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada

06.2016 Tactical deployment of vernacular literature in wartime Jiangnan (1853-1864)

AAS-in-Asia, Kyoto, Japan

04.2016 Embodying Guanyin, Embodying yaojing: Devotional Deviance in Liu Xiang baojuan

Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, WA

03.2015 Penitent Mothers and Vengeful Fetuses: The Price of Infanticide

Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

 01.2013 Liu Xiangnü baojuan and Lay Religious Practice”

Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion: International & Interdisciplinary Conference, Fo Guang University, Taiwan

02.2010 The Elusive Reflection: Reality and Illusion in Mirrors of the Honglou Meng

Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, Columbia University

02.2009 “Third Rate Iron? A new look at Li Rihua’s Nanxixiang ji

Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, Columbia University

Workshop Presentations

03.2015 “Preserving Grains, Written Paper, and Infants in the Shadow of the Taiping War”

East Asian Transregional Histories Workshop, University of Chicago

12.2014 “Reading for Women: Chinese Popular Religious Culture and Literature in the Late Qing”
Art and Politics of East Asia Workshop, University of Chicago
 06.2011 “The Rat and the Bodhisattva: Performance and Religion in Late Qing Baojuan (Precious Scrolls)”

Literature, Theater and Cultural History of China Workshop, University of Chicago

11.2009 Six Illusions of Encountering an Immortal: Late Ming Xixiang Print Culture and the Allure of Expertise

Literature, Theater and Cultural History of China Workshop, University of Chicago

Other Presentations

02.2016 “Moralizing the Immoral: Conservative Confucian Values and Vernacular Literature”

Asian Studies Faculty Seminar, Beloit College

08.2013 “以《劉香寶卷》研究清末宗教與文化 The Precious Volume of Liu Xiang and late Qing religion and culture” (presented in Mandarin Chinese)

Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

05.2013 “The Business of Being Good: Baojuan in late Qing Jiangnan”

Fulbright Thought Leader Lecture Series, Fulbright Taiwan

04.2006 “Translation’s Illicit Pleasures: The Plum in the Golden Vase

Student Symposium Presentation, Beloit College

Teaching

University of Colorado, Boulder (Boulder, CO), 08.2016 – present

Spring 2017 CHIN/JPNS 3200: Advanced Writing Topics on Chinese & Japanese Literature and Civilization (2 sections)
Fall 2016 CHIN 1021: Introduction to Chinese Civilization
Fall 2016 CHIN 5630: Early Modern Fiction

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), 09.2009 – 03.2016

Winter 2016 Instructor, Divinity and Femininity: Women’s Religious Lives in Pre-modern China
Designed course for upper-level students in the East Asian Languages and Civilizations, reading translations of popular religious texts, excerpts of novels about women, and scholarship on the goddesses and their worshippers
Fall 2015 Instructor, Readings in World Literature
Section of Humanities Core in the College, exclusively for 15 first-year students
2010-2012, 2015 Writing Instructor, Reading Cultures & Readings in World Literature
Taught small-group workshops on college writing in tandem with Humanities Core courses: Reading Cultures (Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Winter 2012), Readings in World Literature (Fall 2015)
Fall 2011 Course Assistant, The Ghost Tradition in Chinese Literature, Opera and Film
Instructor: Judith Zeitlin
Fall 2010 Course Assistant, Dream of the Red Chamber and the Culture of Late Imperial China
Instructor: Yuming He

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), 08-12.2011;   08-12.2015

Fall 2011 Instructor, Chinese I
Mandarin Chinese for 16 non-specialist undergraduate students, with an additional focus on Chinese culture and media. Designed exams and graded curriculum assignments assessing basic proficiency and language acquisition.
Fall 2015 Instructor, First-Year Seminar 1: Falling in Love All Over Again: 1200 Years of Reinventing a Chinese Tale
Designed course for 15 first-year students based on personal research interests. Course materials include Chinese literature in translation, material culture, film, and secondary scholarship.

Beloit College (Beloit, WI), 08.2006 – 05.2007

Fall 2015 Teaching Assistant, Chinese 100, Chinese 200
Instructors: Shin-yong Robson and Daniel Youd

Pedagogical Training

Spring 2016 Certificate in University Teaching
Chicago Center for Teaching
Winter 2014 East Asian Languages, Acquisition and Pedagogy – audit
Instructor: Hi-Sun Kim
Summer 2009 Pedagogies of Writing – intensive 8 week training, prerequisite to assuming writing instructor position
University of Chicago Writing Program

Related professional experience

2008 – 2016 Research Assistant

    Judith Zeitlin, University of Chicago
    Wu Hung, University of Chicago
2011 – 2013 Intern, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, Education Division

    Chinese to English translation, speechwriting, letter writing, social media management
2006 (summer) Intern, Kaohsiung City Government Bureau of Human Resource Development, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

    Chinese to English translation, English teaching assistant, web content writing

Service

08.2016-present Honors Council Representative, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Colorado Boulder
04-11.2014 Convener, China Studies Dissertation Writing Group
04.2014 Student Coordinator, “Chinese Opera in Visual and Material Culture” Symposium
chinaopera2014.uchicago.edu

Publications

“Glossary of Terms” in Zeitlin, Judith and Yuhang Li. Performing Images: Opera in Chinese Visual Culture. Chicago: Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago Press, 2014. 215-216.

“Cat. 48” in Zeitlin, Judith and Yuhang Li. Performing Images: Opera in Chinese Visual Culture. Chicago: Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago Press, 2014. 202-203.

Languages/Skills

Mandarin Chinese – near-native oral fluency, advanced reading knowledge

Classical Chinese – advanced reading knowledge

Taiwanese – intermediate oral fluency

Japanese – functional reading knowledge, beginner oral proficiency

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