Even though I am currently on leave, in 2017-18 I will be accepting graduate students both at the M.A. level and for the Ph. D. I am especially interested in students who want to read and interpret contemporary (post-1949) poetry, although I will be happy to advise a much wider variety of dissertation projects. Coursework for both M.A. and Ph. D. students will likely include a survey of secondary criticism on modern and contemporary literature, a seminar on literary restriction, and a workshop on scholarly writing for publication. I encourage you as well to look into Cornell's strengths in comparative literature and premodern Chinese literature, both poetry and prose; these faculty, and these fields of expertise, will also be available to you as you craft your theses. I am always available to answer questions: simply contact me through the university. I make special effort to support first-generation college students, underrepresented minorities, and students from rural areas.
Graduate programs available in Asian Studies, their rules and application procedures are available here.
For Undergraduate Researchers
I am on leave in Fall 2017 and unable to advise undergraduate research. However, it is always desirable to start planning independent research early, and the likelihood that I'll join a project increases with the amount of time I have to plan. If you're interested in pursuing an independent reading or research project with me, send me a short (2-3 pages) but formal proposal the semester BEFORE you want to start work. What do you want to learn? Why? How do you think you can learn it? What do you want to read? How will you know when you've learned what you need to know? Once you've gotten to that stage, what will you make? An essay? A film? How might the thing you make be useful to other people?
I'm not able to accommodate all requests for independent study, but the odds increase if your research is similar to mine, and they increase greatly if you collaborate with other students.