Professor Liu received a bicultural education in China and the United States. She completed her Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 1990. After that, she taught at UC Berkeley for more than a decade (1990-2002) where she eventually became the Catherine and William L, Magistretti Distinguished Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures. She also taught at the University of Michigan in 2004-2006 and held the chair of the Helmut Stern Professorship in Chinese Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature. Professor Liu’s research and publications have focused on cultural exchange in modern history and literature, the movement of words, ideas, and artifacts across national boundaries, political thought in translation, and the evolution of writing, textuality, and technology. Her current research is focused on digital media and psychoanalysis.