Lianbin Dai

Lianbin Dai is a Sinologist by training with a D. Phil degree in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. His area of specialization is the cultural and social history of late imperial China (1368 – 1911). His research encompasses issues of traditional Chinese knowledge culture (especially history of the Chinese humanities as a whole). He has undertaken extensive studies ranging from textual scholarship to material culture. Before relocating to Victoria, BC, Canada with his family, he has held a series of teaching and research positions in York University (Toronto, Canada), University of Alberta (Edmonton), University of British Columbia (Vancouver), Harvard University, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, Germany), and University of Oxford. For more information, please visit his personal website.

Dr. Dai enjoys working with students interested in East Asian cultures and civilizations, particularly Chinese history, philosophy and culture by intensively reading core texts and other primary verbal and visual materials (in English and/or Chinese).



2007 – 2012

D. Phil in Oriental Studies

University of Oxford


Lecturer in Chinese Studies

University of Victoria

2019 – Present

Research Associate

York University, York Centre for Asian Research (Toronto, Canada)

2018 – Present

Instructor in History

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2016 – 2016

Curator in the Mactaggart Art Collection

University of Alberta, the University of Alberta Museums

2015 – 2016

College Fellow in East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Harvard University

2013 – 2014

Consultant, Appraiser, Bibliographer of Chinese Bibliographical Documents

The University of British Columbia, Asian Library, and Rare Books & Special Collections (RBSC)

2012 – 2014

Postdoctoral Fellow

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG, Berlin, Germany)

2012 – 2012

Departmental Instructor

University of Oxford, Faculty of Oriental Studies

2008 – 2009