Visiting Assistant Professor
Modern Languages & Literatures-Chinese
Zhuming Yao works on early Chinese literature, historiography, and philosophy. He is interested in situating early Chinese studies in the larger contexts of comparative antiquity and comparative literature. Issues that have motivated his research so far include textuality, orality, literary representation, and world philology. Zhuming’s first book project addresses the prevalence of speech representation across early Chinese writings.
At Swarthmore, Zhuming teaches courses on East Asian humanities, premodern Chinese literature, as well as modern and Classical Chinese. He is excited about the prospect of working closely with interested students. Prior to joining Swarthmore, Zhuming received his Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 2023.