Lianbin Dai is a historian of late imperial China, majoring in history of the book, history of reading, bibliography and textual scholarship. He taught as College Fellow in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University in 2013-2014. Currently he is a post-doctoral research fellow in late imperial Chinese material culture at the University of Alberta, Canada.
Dai received his BA from Nankai University (Tianjin, China), his MA from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), and his D. Phil from Oxford University. His doctoral thesis, Books, Reading, and Knowledge in Ming China, discusses the reception of Zhu Xi’s (1130-120,) theory of reading by Ming (1368-1644) elite readers. He is the author of several book chapters and journal articles.