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. At Princeton, Yunxiao explores topics that have intrigued book historians across time and traditions, such as the history of knowledge, scribal and scholarly practices, the mechanics of information management, and the intricate interplays between abstract texts, material books, and people. After completing her coursework and general exams, Yunxiao is now happily writing her dissertation “Scribes, Scholars, and Their Practices: The Making of Textual Knowledge in Early China.”