I am a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology and a specialist in the music of China. My dissertation investigates the staging of the Mulan story in Chinese traditional opera during the Korean War (1950–3). I was awarded the John & Pat Hume Scholarship (2007–9) from National University of Ireland and the Chancellor’s Fellowship in Chinese Studies (2009–12) from University of Pittsburgh. Both my MA theses—one on Gustav Mahler (in musicology) and the other on folksong in Northwest China (in ethnomusicology)—have been published as journal articles. I completed a BA in German and Music at the National University of Ireland. Since 2007, I have presented at various conferences on Chinese Studies, Asian Studies, Drama Studies, and Music in Ireland, the UK, and USA.