I am an Associate Professor and a member of the Founding Faculty at the University of California, Merced.  UC Merced, the tenth campus of the University of California system, opened to students in 2005.  My appointment is in the interdisciplinary School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.  I contribute to the undergraduate program in History and to the Graduate Group in World Cultures. My Ph.D. is from the UC Berkeley Department of History.  Before joining the UC Merced faculty in 2004, I was Head of Collection Development at the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, a Berkeley-based international consortium promoting the use of GIS and digital library technologies for communicating about culture and history.

My research focuses on historical geography.  I am interested in the relationship between territory and state power in imperial China; and in developing methods to improve digital maps and timelines that support visualization and analysis in history and cultural  heritage.

I am the director of the planning committee for the UC Merced Spatial Analysis and Research Center (SpARC). I currently serve or have recently served as a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Grant Review Panelist (2007) and Fellowship Review Panelist (2009), a University of California Pacific Rim Research Program board member, and an International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing board member.

I live in Merced, California with my husband, daughter and cats.

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