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September 2, 2022

DAMES is excited to welcome our newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Keren He!

Dr. He specializes in modern Chinese literature, media, and popular culture. Her research focuses on how aging and suicide negotiated “the politics of life” in the Chinese-speaking world. She is also interested in posthumanism, queer theory, and game studies in China and Sinophone regions. She had lived in Beijing, Taipei, and Hong Kong before receiving her Ph.D. at Stanford University.

She came to UNC from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, and Dickinson College, where she was an assistant professor of East Asian Studies.

Dr. He spoke earlier this year on “Sassy Mother, Naughty Father: Queering Later-Life Desire in Chinese and Sinophone Cinema” in a series organized by DAMES.

When she’s not teaching classes, she loves all things involving bunnies, houseplants, and Oculus virtual reality headsets.

As fall marches on, she’s looking forward to getting to know more Carolina people and touring the restaurants in the Triangle area.

We’re so happy to have you, Dr. He!

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