Full-time Faculty

Name/Email Title Telephone Location
Associate Professor 66918 221
Founders College
LI, Jessica Tsui-yan
Assistant Professor 55016 S502
Ross Building
MA, Jia
Associate Professor 88748 S528
Ross Building
XU, Xueqing
Associate Professor 66300 S506
Ross Building

Pietro Giordan (Associate Professor)
Born in Venice (Italy), he holds a B.A. and M.A. in Eastern Languages and Literatures (Chinese) from the University of Venice, and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Université de Montréal. He spent a few years in the P.R.C., both as a researcher and an interpreter/translator. He holds various certificates from Chinese universities and educational institutions (Beijing University and Beijing Language Institute).

In 1999 he joined York University (DLLL and Division of Humanities) as a tenure-track faculty member. He has published on modern Chinese fiction and aesthetics, as well as on comparative theater. He has taught courses on modern and contemporary Chinese literature and culture, Chinese cinema and comparative literature.

Jessica Tsui Yan Li (Assistant Professor)
Prof. Li teaches Chinese literature, film, drama, and culture at York University. She is President of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association, and an International Editorial Board Member in the Springer book series on “Digital Culture and Humanities Series: Changes, Chances and Challenges in Asian and Global Contexts,” launched by the Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities (RIDCH) at the Open University of Hong Kong. She has published on the topics of modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Chinese Canadian and American literature, film and drama, translation studies, gender studies, and Hong Kong studies. She is the guest editor of the Special Issue of the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/ Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée on “Engaging Communities in Comparative Literature.” June 2017. Her articles have also appeared in the refereed journals, Neohelicon; Perspectives: Studies in Translatology, Dang’an Chunqiu (Memories and Archives, Shanghai); and in books such as, Ibsen and the Modern Self; Gender, Discourse and the Self in Literature: Issues in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; Asia: Local and Global Perspectives; and Romancing Eileen Chang. She is the editor of a forthcoming book entitled, Transcultural Negotiation: Chinese Canadian Identities (contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press), and subeditor of East Asian Design History Reader (contract with Brill). She is currently working on a monograph on the self-translation of Eileen Chang.

Jia Ma (Associate Professor - Section Coordinator)
Born in Nanjing, P.R.C., he holds a B.A., M.A. and PhD (1993) in Chinese literature from Nanjing University. He was an Associate Professor at Nanjing University between 1996 and 2000, and a visiting lecturer at Brown University (2002 – 2004). He acted as a course director at Huron University College (2005) and was a lecturer at Renison University College (2006 - 2012). He was also a visiting scholar at Lund University (1998-1999) and at the University of Toronto (2001-2006).

Dr. Ma joined York University in 2004 as a contract faculty member. He was a tenure-track Assistant Professor between 2012 and 2017. His most important publication is Wandering under the Cross: Christian Culture and Modern Chinese Literature (1995). Dr. Ma studies modern Chinese literature, Chinese North American diasporic literature and Chinese history. He takes particular interest in Christian cultural influences on Chinese literature.

Xueqing Xu (Associate Professor)
Born in Shanghai, P.R.C., she holds a B.A. and M.A. in Chinese literature from Fudan University (Shanghai), and a PhD in Chinese lit. from the University of Toronto (2000). She was a lecturer at the Lun Xun Literary Academy in Beijing between 1985 and 1990, and Assistant Professor at Huron University College in 2001-2002.

She joined York University in 2002 as a tenure track assistant Professor. Among her publications is a book on Confucius, and she contributed ca. 500 entries to an encyclopaedia of modern Chinese literature. She also contributed a chapter to a book on Chinese literary societies in the Republican era. Her current research interest is Chinese Canadian literature, on which she has published since 2006 more than a dozen articles.