- Ph. D. 2008 Cornell University, East Asian Literature & Culture
- M. A. 2001 Cornell University, Asian Studies
- M. A. 2000 Beijing University, Chinese Linguistics
- B. A. 1997 Beijing University, Chinese Language and Literature
Jin Liu received her Ph.D. in East Asian Literature and Culture from Cornell University. Her interdisciplinary research studies contemporary Chinese popular culture from the perspective of language, sound, voice, and music. She is the author of the book, Signifying the Local: Media Productions Rendered in Local Languages in Mainland China in the New Millennium (Brill, 2013). Drawing on cultural and literary theories, media studies, and sociolinguistics, this book examines recent cultural productions rendered in local languages and dialects (fangyan in Chinese) in the fields of film, television, the Internet, popular music, and fiction in mainland China. She co-edited and contributed to the book, Chinese Under Globalization: Emerging Trends in Language Use in China (World Scientific, 2012). She has published articles in journals including positions: Asia Critique, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC), Twentieth-Century China, Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR), Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese (JMLC), Chinese Language and Discourse, and Harvard Asia Pacific Review. Many of her publications can be seen at https://gatech.academia.edu/JinLiu.
Dr. Liu teaches Chinese language and contemporary Chinese culture at Georgia Tech. Earlier she taught Chinese language and culture at Cornell University, Middlebury College summer Chinese school, and Princeton University summer program in Beijing (PIB). She alternately co-directs the GT School of Modern Languages’ intensive summer Chinese language program in Shanghai and Qingdao, Chinese LBAT. She is the coordinator of the prestigious Chinese Government Scholarships (each about $10,000) since 2011. She has organized two China events for Georgia Tech Global Media Festival, and brought the awarded film director and photographer, Mr. Wang Jiuliang, and the comic artist Mr. Li Xiaoguai, an icon of Chinese youth culture and Internet culture, on campus in 2017 and in 2018.
- Language and Popular Culture
Awards & Distinctions
- Georgia Tech CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence, 2012
- Class of 1934 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award, 2012
- Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award, 2014 and 2018
"“Chinese Language in the Global Context” (with Hongyin Tao)"
Chapter – 2016
Signifying the Local: Media Productions Rendered in Local Languages in Mainland China in the New Millennium
Book – 2013
Book – 2012
"Deviant Writing and Youth Identity: Representation of Dialects with Chinese Characters on the Internet,"
Journal Article – 2011
"Ambivalent Laughter: Comic Sketches in CCTV Spring Festival Eve Gala"
Journal Article – 2010
"“The Use of Chinese Dialects on the Internet: Youth Language and Local Youth Identity in Urban China,”"
Chapter – 2010
"“Negotiating Linguistic Identities under Globalization: Language Use in Contemporary China” (With Hongyin Tao) "
Journal Article – 2009
"The Rhetoric of Local Languages as the Marginal: Chinese Underground and Independent Films by Jia Zhangke and Others"
Journal Article – 2006
"“Subversive Writing: Li Xiaoguai’s Newly Coined Chinese Characters and His Comic Blogging,”"
Journal Article – 2018