Yunxiao Xiao

Chinese Literature
  • M.A. from Wuhan University
  • B.A. from Wuhan University

Yunxiao studies books, scholars, and the epistemological practices in early and medieval China. Trained in paleography and early Chinese manuscript studies at Wuhan University, she did her MA thesis on the production and use system of the Warring States manuscripts, and published a few articles on manuscript reconstruction and early books’ materiality. At Princeton, she explores topics that have intrigued book historians across time and traditions. In her dissertation, titled “Scribes, Scholars, and Their Practices: The Making of Textual Knowledge in Early China,” she explores the history of reading, scribal and scholarly practices, the mechanics of information management, and the intricate interplays between abstract texts, material books, and people.

She has been selected as a Junior Fellow of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (cohort 8) at Rare Book School in Charlottesville, VA.