Dr. John Flower is Director of Chinese Studies and a history teacher at Sidwell Friends School. He received his B.A. from Haverford College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Dr. Flower is a former Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia, where he is currently an Associate of the East Asia Center. He was awarded the 2008 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship, and his research has received grant support from NEH and the Department of State. He is co-author with his wife, Dr. Pamela Leonard, of the digital monograph Moral Landscape in a Sichuan Mountain Village, and has published articles in the Journal of Asian Studies, Social Anthropology and other journals and edited volumes. His latest article, “The Farmer, the Foreman, and the Tinker: Irony and the Displacement of Meaning in Xiakou Village” will appear in the forthcoming volume, Irony in Contemporary China.