Joseph Lovell

Modern Chinese literature

I am interested in the social and cultural history aspects of music in Republican Era China, including topics such as the introduction of recording technology and its connections with cultural imperialism (in the international context, as well between the Han Chinese and ethnic minority groups), and instruments and musical records as objects that can be explored using semiology. I am also interested in sound studies more generally, and how they relate to 20th century Chinese history.

Academic History

  • A. History, University of Manchester
  • A. EALAC, Columbia University
  • Thesis Title: “The Reluctant Nationalist: National Character and the Fiction of Shen Congwen”

Teaching Experience

  • Fall 2016 – Zen Buddhism – Prof. Gregory Hillis
  • Spring 2016 – East Asian Traditions: Modern – Prof. Berry and Prof. Nathan
  • Winter 2016 – Intro to Buddhism – Prof. Wallace
  • Fall 2015 – Zen Buddhism – Prof. Gregory Hillis


  • “Decadent Echoes: Representations of Decay in Shen Congwen’s Sansan” Princeton Journal of East Asian Studies, 2014.


  • 2016 – International Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship (IDRF)