Dr. Lex Jing Lu

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"

Home Institution: Clark University (USA)

IKGF Visiting Fellow March 2020 - July 2020

(Last change of profile by end of stay)

IKGF Research Project:

What Does a Dragon Look Like? Appearance Politics in a Time of Usurpation 1380–1424

Curriculum Vitae

Lex Jing Lu did his undergraduate and graduate work at East China Normal University. He received an M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He has been an Assistant Professor at Clark University since 2016. His research focuses on the changing conceptualization of political masculinity, legitimacy, and male beauty standards. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled "Appearance Politics: Legitimacy Building in Late Imperial and Modern China," which explores the role that physical appearance has played in Chinese political culture. Professor Lu teaches classes on Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and global histories, and in the history of beauty and fashion.

Selected Publications


Appearance Politics: Legitimacy Building in Late Imperial and Modern China (Book manuscript in progress, under a preliminary contract at Cornell University Press).


“The Manchu Court and the Masculine the Ideal: The Yongzheng Emperor’s Secret Personnel Files” (Journal article Review & Resubmit).