I am a Lecturer in Intercultural Communication and Deputy Programme Leader for MSc Intercultural Business Communication. I lead postgraduate modules in intercultural communication and intercultural competence at Edinburgh Napier Business School. I also teach undergraduate modules in similar subjects, including two modules with a focus on Mandarin Chinese (for beginners).
My research interests are broadly summarised as: thematically - intercultural communication (in education, the workplace, and the wider community), dialogue in interpersonal communication, cultural identity, the liminality of transitional experiences; methodologically - qualitative research, with a particular interest in narrative inquiry and researching multilingually. I have recently edited (with Nick Pilcher) a special issue entitled "Interrogating the 'Third Space': Negotiating meaning and performing 'culture'" for the journal Language and Intercultural Communication.
I hold a BA and an MA in English Language and Literature from Peking University, China. My PhD is in Intercultural Communication from the University of Manchester, UK (thesis entitled ‘A narrative exploration of the UK academic acculturation experiences of students from mainland China’). I have been the Membership Secretary and Treasurer of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) between 2014 and 2018. I am currently the books reviews editor of the journal Language and Intercultural Communication