Bio


Elise Huerta is a PhD candidate in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a concentration in modern Chinese literature and a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation, Haptic Horizons: On the Cultural Politics of Hands in Modern China, aims to produce new understandings of intimacy, alienation, labor, and violence in the modern era through the interdisciplinary study of tactile culture. The project explores the many powers invested in human hands through narrative, asking how literature, film, and visual culture produce historically-shifting protocols of touch, as well as how stories assign socially-contingent meanings to the way people use their hands. In taking up these questions, this research not only contributes to the China field’s emerging interest in sensory experience, but also opens up a new vista for sustained future inquiry about how tactility interacts with sight, scent, and sound in a comprehensive aesthetic discourse of the body.

Huerta is committed to supporting diversity in higher education and serves as a graduate mentor through the First-Generation and Low-Income (FLI) and Enhancing Diversity in Education (EDGE) programs at Stanford. She is also an active translator, and her co-edited special section on Yu Xiuhua (with Hangping Xu) was published in Chinese Literature Today along with their co-translations of selected poems by Yu. She holds a BA in Chinese with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Honors & Awards


  • Blakemore Freeman Fellow, Blakemore Foundation (2018-2019)
  • Graduate Public Service Fellowship, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University (2017-2018)
  • Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Fellowship, Stanford University (2015)
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow, Stanford University (2018)
  • East Asia Summer Grant, Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), Stanford University (2017)
  • H&S Intensive Language Instruction Grant, Stanford University (2016)
  • Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, Taiwan Ministry of Education (2016)
  • Hucker Award for Excellence in China Studies Writing, University of Michigan (2014)
  • Virginia Voss Award for Excellence in Academic Writing, University of Michigan (2014)

Education & Certifications


  • BA, University of Michigan, Asian Languages and Cultures (2014)

Stanford Advisors


Service, Volunteer and Community Work


  • Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Mentor, Stanford University (2017 - Present)

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    Stanford University

  • First-Generation and Low-Income Program Mentor, Stanford University (2015 - Present)

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    Stanford University

  • East Asian Studies Workshop Co-Coordinator, Stanford University (2017 - 2018)

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    Stanford University

  • Third Annual Stanford Engaged Scholarship Conference Co-Coordinator, Stanford University (2017)

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    Stanford University

  • Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference Co-Coordinator, Stanford University (2020)

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    Stanford University

  • Mentors in Teaching (MinT) Fellow, Stanford University

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    Stanford University

2017-18 Courses


All Publications


  • Yu Xiuhua Chinese Literature Today Huerta, E., Xu, H. 2019; 7 (2): 5
  • Twelve Poems Chinese Literature Today Huerta, E., Xu, H. 2019; 7 (2): 6-17