Qiran Jin

Chinese Literature

M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University;

B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Peking University.


Qiran Jin is a Ph.D. student in Chinese literature. His research interests mainly focus on the formation and canonization of texts in early China. By studying the different versions of early texts and especially the phenomena of “parallel chapters,” he tries to explore more general theories of text formation and transformation in early cultures. To this end, he maintains broad interests in stylometry, philology, comparative literature, book history, and intellectual history. Prior to joining Princeton, he earned his MA degree from Columbia University, where he studied the quoted Confucian Classics in the Shuowen jiezi, and earned a BA degree from Peking University, where he received training in Classical Chinese, philology, and linguistics.