Yu Liu

Karlgren-Eisenstadt Fellow, SCAS.
Professor of English, Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY

Yu Liu holds a BA in English from Luoyang Foreign Languages Institute in China, an MA
in Applied Linguistics from Lancaster University, an MSc in English from the University of
Edinburgh, and a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Since
1994, he has been teaching full-time at Niagara County Community College in upstate New
York. He is the author of Poetics and Politics: The Revolutions of Wordsworth (1999), Seeds
of a Different Eden: Chinese Gardening Ideas and a New English Aesthetic Ideal
(2008), and
Harmonious Disagreement: Matteo Ricci and His Closest Chinese Friends (2015). He has also
published over thirty essays in peer-reviewed journals of literature, philosophy, and history.

In addition to many short-term library research fellowships in the United States and Britain, he
was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2006–07
and a Fulbright Lecturing/Research Fellowship at the City University of Hong Kong in 2012–13.
For the past twenty years or so, he has been studying the Jesuit China mission in the late sixteenth
and early seventeenth centuries and the momentous impact of that early modern East–West
encounter on the subsequent history of English and European artistic, literary, and philosophical
ideas. During his fellowship at SCAS, he will continue his research on this subject, paying particular
attention to the possible participation of Chinese aesthetic and philosophical ideas in the rise of English

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2017-18.