I am Professor Agregat (equivalent to Associate Professor) in the department of Arts and Humanities at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, where I have been working since the fall of 2004. Between 2009 and 2015 I was the director of the East Asian Studies Program. Between 2016 and 2022 I served as Associate Chair for Research and coordinated faculty development and research activities within my department. My full academic CV is available here.
I work on Chinese and Sinophone literatures and cultures from a comparative perspective. I study how knowledge about other cultures is produced across contexts that are (apparently) distant from each other. I am particularly interested in forms of writing (fiction and theory) that convey the complex experience of being in the world.
My main teaching area is Chinese and Sinophone literatures and cultures. I also teach courses on translation studies, postcolonial theory and Chinese language. I have taught at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UCLA, and Beijing Language and Culture University. I have been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Westminster.
I have directed M.A. and Ph.D. dissertations on Chinese and Sinophone literatures, both on the premodern, modern and contemporary period. My current Ph.D. students work on Chinese and Sinophone literatures and cultures, Chinese cultural studies and translation studies.
In my spare time, I am an avid swimmer and passionate about amateur basketball–I worked as a youth and varsity basketball coach for many years.