Jing Tsu is Professor of Chinese Literature and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Council on East Asian Studies.
Her main research areas include diaspora and Sinophone studies, area studies, comparative literature, and history of science and technology. She is interested in questions that connect the study of China to the synthesis of different approaches both within and outside the framework of the humanities or East Asia.
Author of Sound and Script in Chinese Diaspora (Harvard University Press, 2010), Failure, Nationalism, and Literature: The Making of Modern Chinese Identity, 1895–1937 (Stanford University Press, 2005), and various coedited volumes, Tsu has received various distinctions for her interdisciplinary work, including fellowships from the Harvard Society of Fellows, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), and the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton).
In 2011, she was named a Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellow to pursue a new disciplinary interface that spans the history of western science in East Asia, alphabetic and ideographic writing systems, neurolinguistics, information science, digital encoding technology, the quest for universal languages, and the Chinese script revolution.