Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures (Chinese)
Professor He received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of British Columbia. Before joining the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Whitman College in 2008, she had taught at Peking University, Vassar College, and the University of Tennessee, where she also served as the Chinese Program Coordinator. Her expertise is in modern and contemporary Chinese culture (literature, cinema, spoken drama, and the Chinese cultural diaspora), comparative literature, eco-criticism, sociolinguistics, and language pedagogy. Professor He has written on Chinese eco-cinema, Sino-Soviet cultural connections, avant-garde theatre, the contemporary Chinese intellectual mainstream, and constructions of the countryside in modern Chinese and English fiction. She is currently completing a book project that explores representations of the natural landscape in Chinese public culture.