- M.A. in Chinese Literature from Nanjing University
- B.A. in Chinese Literature from Nanjing University
Yalin Du received both her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Nanjing University. Her master thesis focuses on the cultural history of southern China in the Tang Dynasty. In order to get more information about the exotic customs and marginal ethnic groups in southern China, she used a lot of sources from anecdotes and tales apart from official histories in her thesis. She believes that narratives can be a treasure trove for cultural historians. At Princeton, she wants to broaden her horizon by stepping into various fields and to reexamine medieval Chinese narratives in a more comprehensive context.