Jin Liu

Associate Professor of Chinese

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
Office Location: Swann 312
Office Hours: MW 11:00-12:00 and/or by appointment
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Jin Liu received her Ph.D. in East Asian Literature and Culture from Cornell University. Her interdisciplinary research studies contemporary Chinese popular culture from the perspective of language, 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 (Brill, 2013). 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 (World Scientific, 2012). She has widely published articles on Chinese independent films, eco-cinema, rap music, Internet culture, youth culture, sociolinguistics, pedagogy, and digital humanities in peer-reviewed journals including positions: Asia Critique (Duke University Press), East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of Chinese Cinema, Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (University of Wisconsin-Madison Press), Twentieth-Century China (Johns Hopkins University Press), Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (Edinburgh University Press), Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese, Chinese Language and Discourse, Chinese as a Second Language, and Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (Oxford University Press). Many of her publications can be accessed at https://gatech.academia.edu/JinLiu. Her ORCID identifier is https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6757-8008.

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 serves as the Director of the Chinese program and Director of the Chinese LBAT, School of Modern Languages’ intensive summer Chinese language program in China. Dr. Liu received the Georgia Tech CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence in 2012, and the Institute-wide award of “Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching” respectively in 2012, 2014, 2018, 2021, and 2022.

  • Ph. D. 2008 Cornell University, East Asian Literature & Culture
  • M. A. 2001 Cornell University, Asian Studies
  • M. A. 2000 Beijing University, Chinese Linguistics
  • B. A. 1997 Beijing University, Chinese Language and Literature
Awards and
  • Class of 1934 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award, 2011
  • Georgia Tech CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence, 2012
  • Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award, 2014
  • Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award, 2017
  • Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching Award, 2021
  • Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching Award, 2022


Research Fields:
  • Chinese
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Dialectical Linguistics
  • East-Asian Studies
  • Globalization and Localization
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • Media
  • Modernity
  • Youth Culture


  • CHIN-1001: Elementary Chinese I
  • CHIN-1002: Elementary Chinese II
  • CHIN-2001: Intermediate Chinese I
  • CHIN-2002: Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHIN-3400: China: A Cultural Odyssey
  • CHIN-3401: Kaleidoscope of Chinese
  • CHIN-3691: Chinese Current Events
  • CHIN-3692: Business Chinese
  • CHIN-3693: Conversation Practicum
  • CHIN-3823: Special Topics
  • CHIN-4003: Advanced Chinese II
  • CHIN-4004: Advanced Chinese III
  • CHIN-4031: Chin-Language Cinema
  • CHIN-4500: Intercultural Seminar
  • CHIN-4695: Chinese Internship
  • CHIN-6031: Chinese Cinema & Media
  • CHIN-6252: Dom Internship Chin
  • CHIN-6500: Intercultural Seminar
  • CHIN-8804: Special Topics

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