Yulian Wu holds a Ph.D. in Chinese history from U.C. Davis. Her dissertation is on "Tasteful Consumption and Social Mobility: Huizhou Salt Merchants and Material Culture in Eighteenth-Century China." While at Stanford, Wu gave a talk entitled, "Let the Comon People See and Feel: Stone Arches, Power Negotiation, and the Chastity Cult in Huizhou in High-Qing China (C. 1680-1830)". Her M.A. and B.A. degrees are from Nanjing University.