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Yujie Pu

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Contact Information

East Asian Languages & Cultures
2090 FLB
Ph.D. Candidate
Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant

Research Interests

The history of medicine, legal history, and imperial history. 



Research Description

My dissertation, entitled "Legal Justice, Medical Authority and Madness in Qing China," examines the medical assessments of insanity in Qing legal administration. It provides a historical analysis of the integration of medicine into the Qing legal system before the coming of modern medicine and Western psychiatry. Moving beyond the scope of mental hospitals, it tells a broader story of how the Qing state, through its judiciary systeman integral component of late imperial China bureaucracyregulated and shaped perceptions of insanity.


Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 2024 (expected)



CEAPS Graduate Travel Grant, 2024

School of Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics Fellowship, 2023

Dissertation Program Disruption Grant, 2021 

Spring Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant, 2021

CEAPS Graduate Dissertation Travel Grant, 2020

EALC Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023




Awards and Honors

Award for Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (FA&SP2017, FA&SP2018, FA2019, FA2021, FA2022)




Courses Taught

Independent Instructor  

  • Chinese for Beginners
  • Chinese Speaking and Listening
  • Chinese Writing and Reading
  • Advanced Chinese

Teaching Assistant 

  • East Asian Civilizations 
  • Masterpieces of East Asian Literature
  • Popular Culture in East Asia
  • An Introduction to the Scientific Study of the Chinese language



Additional Campus Affiliations

Organizing Committee, Symposium on How does Culture move, UIUC, 2020-2021.

Organizing Committee, Graduate Student Symposium on East Asia, UIUC, 2019.

Fulbright Campus Committee, UIUC, 2019.