PhD in History, University of California, Santa Cruz
About: Background & Interests

School & Work

Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Freiburg, researcher and lecturer, August 2016-present
International Institute for Asian Studies, affiliated fellow September 2015-June 2016
UCSC History Department, 2006-2014 (M.A., Ph.D.)
Center for History and New Media (CHNM), George Mason University (former employer, 2003-2006)


An outdoor enthusiast and avid endurance athlete, I have also occasionally blogged about my past training experiences in China.
[see multi-sport profile and pre-2007 race reports & results]
[see most of my results since 2003]

  • 2004 Eagleman Half-Ironman
  • 2004 Riverwatch Duathlon, Maryland State Championships - 1st place female 20-24
  • 2005 Short-course Duathlon World Championships, Team USA, Newcastle, Australia
  • 2005 Charlottesville Sprint Triathlon - 2nd place overall female
  • 2006 Boston Marathon (qualifying time: 3:36)
  • 2007 Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, Lorient, France
  • 2008 Tour of East Taiwan Road Cycling Race (2 Days, 290KM)
  • 2009 California International Marathon (Boston Marathon qualifying time: 3:30)
  • 2010 Berlin Marathon
  • 2011 Changchun 30K, Changchun, China (7th place overall female), and assistant coach/pacer for the "Beijing Swedish Running Camp" Fall 2011
  • 2012 Lezamako Mugetatik, Basque country, Spain
  • 2012 Schlaubetal Half-Marathon, Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany - 1st place overall female
  • 2013 Frauenlauf 10K; Potsdam Half-Marathon; Havellauf 14K
  • 2014 Frauenlauf 5K; Potsdam 10K
  • 2016 Leiden 10K
  • 2017 Genusslauf 10K
  • 2018 Eichberglauf 10K; Wildtalereck Run 10K
  • 2019 Freiburg 10K
  • 2021 Completed 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification

When I was younger, I played tennis and softball all year round, both as a member of my high school varsity teams, local community teams, and on travel teams. I also participated in USTA tennis tournaments and in junior Olympic softball tournaments. In college, I played several seasons for the women's fast-pitch softball club, where we regularly played Division II and III teams. After I graduated, I began long-distance running and participated in several triathlons and duathlons, making many sporty friends along the way. I was a USA Triathlon ranked athlete for several years. While in graduate school, I played for the UCSC astronomy and astrophysics intramural softball team, "The Big Bangers." I'm also a big fan of the BOB Revolution SE (which I used until my daughter was about 6!), YogaVibes, yoga teacher Rolf Gates, My Vinyasa Practice, and LesMills on-demand.