Keren He.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese Language, Culture, and Society


  • PhD, Stanford University
  • BA, Renmin University of China


Keren He specializes in modern Chinese literature and culture, intellectual history, affect studies, and political anthropology. Her research explores death and aging in Chinese aesthetic and popular imagination as a counterpolitics of life.

She is finishing a book manuscript, Over My Dead Body: Political Suicide in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, which examines intermedial representations of self-destruction within the context of transnational radicalism in the first half of the 20th century. Her second book project studies how old age challenges normative notions of humanism in post-socialist China and contemporary Sinophone regions.

She had experience teaching extensively on premodern and modern Chinese literature, media and film studies, as well as cultural history and theories at Stanford University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. At Oberlin College, her course offerings include Love in Traditional China, Knight, Outlaw, Assassin, and Chinese language at multiple levels.

  • Chinese literature and cultural studies
  • intellectual history
  • affect studies
  • political anthropology
  • intermediality studies

  • Knight, Outlaw, Assassin
  • Love in Traditional China
  • Readings in Society, History, and Contemporary Events
  • Second-year Intermediate Chinese
  • Third-year Advanced Chinese