John O'Leary

Chinese Literature
5th Year Student
  • M.A. from University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.A. from Columbia University

John’s research largely focuses on early Chinese literature, especially the literature of the early imperial period. He is most interested in the topics of canonization, historiography, and hermeneutics, as well as the roles these processes might play in the formation of cultural identities. Since he came to Princeton in 2017, John has also developed a furtive interest in studying these processes in a comparative framework and looks forward to gaining deeper understandings of similar phenomena in other traditions.