Yulei YANG studied history and historical geography at Zhejiang University and Fudan University, obtaining her PhD in 2005 with a dissertation on Sino-Korean cultural exchange in the Ming and Qing dynasties. She was a visiting scholar at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, and UMR 8173 Chine-Corée-Japon (CNRS-EHESS), and she is currently a professor at the Department of History & Research Institute for Pre-modern Chinese History of Zhejiang University.
Her research interests include the history of Sino-Korean relations, the history of cultural exchanges between East and West, and the history of cartography. Her current research work focuses more on the history of East Asian cartography, especially on Chinese and Korean world maps in the Ming and Qing dynasties. She is particularly concerned with changes of geographical knowledge, genealogy, and spatial concepts of East Asia in the course of encountering western culture.