- M.A. with concentration on Chinese Buddhist Art from Rutgers University
Haimo Lu is a fifth-year student specializing in Chinese cultural and intellectual history. She is mainly working in the Ming-Qing period (roughly 1400-1900), and is broadly interested in how classically trained scholars (mainly Confucians) responded to the world of constant changes. The areas of her inquiry, by academic branches in pre-modern China, include the Yi (Classic of Change), Li (especially Liji, or Book of Rites), and the Four Books; and in the Western tradition, epistemology, ethics and moral philosophy.
She is currently preparing a dissertation on Wang Fuzhi’s (1619-1692) proposition of li (ritual) as an essential means to regenerate Confucianism so as to salvage seventeenth century China from social and moral degradations in the face of dynastic changeover and alien—Manchu Qing—rule.
Beyond honing herself as an intellectual and cultural historian at Princeton, she is passionate about art and ideas revolving the Dutch Golden Age (also in the seventeenth century). She previously had training in art history.