Prof. Karen Laura Thornber
is Harry Tuchman Levin Professor in Literature and Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, USA. She has authored three major scholarly monographs: Empire of Texts in Motion: Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Transculturations of Japanese Literature (Harvard 2009); Ecoambiguity: Environmental Crises and East Asian Literatures (Michigan 2012); and Global Healing: Literature, Advocacy, Care (Brill 2020). Prof. Thornber is also the author of multiple (co)edited volumes and more than 70 articles/book chapters on a range of fields in literature and cultural history globally. She is interested in a wide range of research fields such as the medical humanities, health humanities (including chronic illness, death and dying, mental health, and disability), environmental humanities; displacement, migration, diaspora; social justice, including inequality, and economic, health, racial, criminal, and environmental justice; gender, Asian/global feminisms, gender and leadership; trauma; and global and comparative indigeneities.