Jin Liu 刘津 is currently Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Culture in the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Tech. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian literature and culture from Cornell University (2008) and her M.A. in Chinese linguistics (2000) and B.A. in Chinese language and literature (1997) from Beijing University (PKU). Her interdisciplinary research studies contemporary Chinese popular culture from the perspective of language, writing, sound, voice, and music.
She is the author of the book, Signifying the Local: Media Productions Rendered in Local Languages in Mainland China in the New Millennium (2013)《新世纪的方言媒体》. Drawing on cultural and literary theories, media studies, and sociolinguistics, this book examines recent cultural productions rendered in local languages and dialects (fangyan in Chinese) in the fields of film, television, the Internet, popular music, and fiction in mainland China. She co-edited and contributed to the book, Chinese Under Globalization: Emerging Trends in Language Use in China (2012), a concerted effort to present a scholarly, panoramic view of linguistic struggles and linguistic politics in China’s reform years. She has widely published articles on Chinese independent films, eco-cinema, rap music, Internet culture, youth culture, and sociolinguistics in journals including positions: Asia Critique, East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of Chinese Cinema, Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR), Twentieth-Century China, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC), Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese (JMLC), Chinese Language and Discourse, and Harvard Asia Pacific Review. Many of her publications can be accessed at https://gatech.academia.edu/JinLiu. Her ORCID identifier is https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6757-8008.
She is working on her second book which examines the creation of new Chinese characters in modern and contemporary China, spanning over 150 years from the mid 19th century to the 21th century and covering fields in science, religion, art, film, fiction, and the Internet. She is also leading a VIP team on fangyan media and building a digital resource center for the cultural study of Chinese dialects http://sites.gatech.edu/fangyanmedia/.
Dr. Liu teaches Chinese language and culture at Georgia Tech. Earlier she taught at Cornell University, Middlebury College summer Chinese school, and Princeton University summer program in Beijing (PIB). She alternately co-directs the GT School of Modern Languages’ intensive summer Chinese language program in Shanghai and Qingdao, Chinese LBAT. Dr. Liu received the Georgia Tech CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence in 2012, the Class of 1934 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award in 2012, and the Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effective Award in 2014 and in 2018.
Dr. Liu serves as a board member of China Research Center (CRC), and Internal Advisory Board member of Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC). She is the coordinator of the prestigious Chinese Government Scholarships (each about $10,000) since 2011. She has organized two China events for Georgia Tech Global Media Festival, and brought the awarded film director and photographer, Mr. Wang Jiuliang, and the comic artist Mr. Li Xiaoguai, an icon of Chinese youth culture and Internet culture, on campus in 2017 and in 2018.