Xin Liu

Xin Liu
Associate Teaching Professor of Italian
Director of Undergraduate Studies

33 Burrowes

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PhD, Italian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Xin Liu’s research mainly involves the cultural communication between Italy and China from late nineteenth century to the present, focusing on (re)construction and representations of national identities in literary works, as well as fiction and non-fiction movies. His broader research interests include various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century Italian literature.

Since 2011, he has taught a variety of courses at UNC and Penn State, including all levels of Italian language courses and upper level Italian cinema and literature courses.

He has combined his primary teaching activities with substantive university service, chairing the SIP Professional Development Committee and serving on Penn State University Faculty Senate.

Recent publications:

  • Xin Liu (2024). Italian Travelogues on Maoist China (1950s–1970s) through the Lens of Mobilities Studies. In: Pedone, V., Zhang, G. (eds) Cultural Mobilities Between China and Italy. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
  • Xin Liu (2018) “Reversing the view of ‘political pilgrims’: re-examining Italian travelogues about China in the 1950s”, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 23:3, 256-273, DOI: 10.1080/1354571X.2018.1459407
  • Xin Liu (2018) “Visualizing the Chinese threat: L’Arrivo di Wang as an ethnic allegory”, Journal of Romance Studies, 18:1, 63-80,