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Wilcox photoEmily Wilcox is assistant professor of modern Chinese studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a specialist in Chinese dance and performance culture, with broader interests in twentieth-century history, transnationalism, gender, and social movements. In 2014-15 Dr. Wilcox was the recipient of a humanities fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, for her first book Revolutionary Bodies: The Global Politics of Chinese Dance. Based on ten years of ethnographic and historical research, this book is the first archive-based history of “Chinese dance” (中国舞), the dominant form of contemporary concert dance in the People’s Republic of China. Using dance films, performance programs, technique handbooks, institutional archives, periodicals, studio training, and interviews with over two hundred prominent Chinese dance choreographers, teachers, and performers, this book examines major works of Chinese dance from the mid-1940s through 2014. It argues that the creators of Chinese dance were committed to a revolutionary global politics of class, ethnicity, and gender that allowed them to challenge the hegemonic universalism of Euro-American ballet and modern dance in China and around the world.

Emily Wilcox received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University (2003), her MPhil from the University of Cambridge (2004), and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (2011). She has been a visiting scholar at the Beijing Dance Academy (2008-2009), a non-residential postdoctoral research fellow at the Shanghai Theatre Academy (2011-2013), a Fulbright scholar (2008), and a Blakemore Freeman Fellow (2007). Dr. Wilcox joined the University of Michigan faculty in the fall of 2013 after teaching modern Chinese studies at the University of California, Davis (2011), and the College of William and Mary (2011-2013). She is President of the Association for Asian Performance and a Board Member of the Society for Dance History Scholars. For information on publications and courses taught, see the above links.

Dr. Wilcox is currently accepting graduate students in modern Chinese studies (all topics and areas) and Asian performance. For more information, learn about the University of Michigan’s MA in Chinese StudiesPhD in Asian Languages and Cultures, and Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies. Or, email her directly at eewilcox@umich.edu.