My PhD dissertation (University of Cambridge, 2015) is on the structure of the verb phrase in Chinese, and its similarities and differences with the verb phrase in other languages. As a graduate student, I worked on the ERC project Rethinking Comparative Syntax (PI: Ian Roberts), a project concerned with the status of parameters in contemporary theory. In 2014, I was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at Oxford.
My undergraduate studies were in modern and classical Chinese and Linguistics (SOAS, University of London; 2010). I also hold an MPhil in Linguistics (Cambridge; 2011), for which I wrote a dissertation on clause level distinctions in root/embedded syntax in Mandarin.
I was a visiting student at Beijing Normal University in the year 2007-2008. In 2006 I spent a semester teaching English as a Foreign Language at Guangxi University for Nationalities in Guangxi Province, China, and at its associated secondary school for students from minority nationality backgrounds. It was in Guangxi that I first discovered the diversity of linguistic varieties spoken in mainland China.