My Academic Cross-Training project is guided by the premise that each culture develops in the context of a unique physical and social ecology, which leave marks on its patterns of thought and emotion, and philosophies.
China has changed dramatically in the 20th century and, with it, its peoples and their moralities. In that time period people cannot count on an ever-present system of Confucian social relationships and ethical norms suffusing their various lifeways.
Main goals in this area of my research are to bring coherence and completeness to sets of explanations that purport to explain the uniqueness of China and its people and, in the process, use cultural transmission theory to show the causal power of Confucian culture.
Text analytics represents a way of approaching cross-disciplinary research questions with a scientific or data-driven method. In an attempt to better understand the methods and limitations of text analytics research, my work in this area has ranged over a few different issues and languages.