Yun Ni is a PhD candidate in comparative literature at Harvard University with research interests in classical philology, medieval English, French, German, and Latin literary and religious writings from the 12th to the 16th centuries.
At Radcliffe, Ni is completing her dissertation on idolatry and iconoclasm in late medieval imaginative texts. Apart from sociopolitical repercussions of medieval and early modern iconoclasm, this project aims to decode the underlying psychological structure of the need for imagery and the urge to undo it.
Ni holds a BA in English literature from Shanghai International Studies University, an MA in English literature from Peking University, an MA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College, and an AM in English literature from Harvard University. Her work has been supported by Dartmouth College, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, and a merit/term-time research award from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard.