Lydia Liu is the W. T. Tam Professor in the Humanities in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University.
Her research interests are modern Chinese literature, postcolonial empire studies, critical translation theory, English literature, new media, and comparative studies of writing and media technology across cultures and civilizations.
Her past publications include The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making (Harvard University Press, 2004), Writing and Materiality in China, Co-edited with Judith Zeilin. (Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2003), and Tokens of Exchange: The Problem of Translation in Global Circulations, edited volume (Duke University Press,1999). In addition, her book Translingual Practice: Literature, National Culture, and Translated Modernity— China 1900—1937 (Stanford University Press, 1995) has been translated and published into Chinese and Korean. Other titles and edited volumes in Chinese include Cross-Writing: Critical Perspectives on Narratives of Modern Intellectual History(Shanghai: Sanlian, 1999) and Bearers of the Lamp, edited volume, (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2001).
Professor Liu was a Guggenheim Fellow (1997-1998), a National Humanities Center Fellow (1997-1998), and a Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin Fellow in 2004-2005. Until recently, she was the Director of the Advanced Seminar in Literary and Culture Theory at Tsinghua University in China and has been active in program building and academic exchange between U.S. and China.
Professor Liu received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 1990 and taught at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Michigan before joining Columbia in 2006.