Hanyu received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017 and M.A. from The Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan in 2019. Her research explores late-imperial Chinese fiction and drama, with a focus on the representation of narrative and performative space and its intersections with narrative composition and characterization. She wrote her B.A. honors thesis on the aesthetics of naturalness and artificiality manifested in the art of garden design in Honglou meng (Story of the Stone), and her M.A. thesis on Li Yu’s (1611-1680) theoretical notion of “close stitching” in playwriting to examine how characters mediate space in his chuanqi drama Huang qiu feng (Female Phoenixes Courting the Male).