Faculty Bio

Peipei Qiu

Professor of Chinese and Japanese on the Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Chair and Director of Asian Studies

Peipei Qiu, Professor of Chinese and Japanese on the Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Chair, joined the Vassar faculty in 1994 after teaching for two years at Fordham University. She received her M.A. from Peking University and M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. A specialist in Japanese literature, Professor Qiu teaches a wide rage of courses in Japanese literature, language, and Asian Studies. Her research interests include Japanese poetry, comparative studies of Japanese and Chinese literature, Daoist tradition in East Asian literature, women in East Asian literature and societies, and Japanese language pedagogy. 

Professor Qiu is the recipient of a number of honors and grants, including National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Mellon Foundation Grant, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, Columbia University President's Fellowship, and The Japan Foundation Fellowships. She is the author of Bashô and the Dao: The Zhuangzi and the Transformation of Haikai (University of Hawai'i Press, 2005), Chinese Comfort Women:  Testimonies from Imperial Japan's Sex Slaves (University of British Columbia Press, 2013; Oxford University Press, 2014; Hong Kong University Press, 2014), and a number of research articles in English, Japanese, and Chinese. Professor Qiu is currently working on the study and translation of a thirteenth century commentary on the Zhuangzi, one of the foundational Daoist classics.