Lydia H. Liu is a theorist of media and translation and a scholar of comparative literature. She is the Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. Her many publications include The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious (2010) and Tokens of Exchange: The Problem of Translation in Global Circulations (ed.1999). As bilingual writer, she is the author of The Nesbit Code, a work of fiction in Chinese that received the Hong Kong Book Prize in 2014. She is a resident member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 2018-2019.