Emily 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 global history, transnationalism, gender, and social movements. Dr. Wilcox’s research has been funded recently by national fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies in 2014-2015 and the Social Science Research Council in 2016-2017. Her journal articles, in English and Chinese, appear in positions: asia critique, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, The Journal of Asian Studies, TDR: The Drama Review, Asian Theatre Journal, CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature, Wudao pinglun (Dance Review), Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement, and Body and Society. Her essays and chapters also appear in the books Rethinking Dance History: Issues and Methodologies (vol. 2), Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings, Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Chinese Dance: In the Vast Land and Beyond, and Chinese Modernity and the Individual Psyche. Her first book, Revolutionary Bodies: Chinese Dance and the Socialist Legacy, was published by the University of California Press in October 2018. She is also co-editor of a collection in progress titled Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia. A full list of current and forthcoming publications can be found here.

Dr. Wilcox received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 2003, her MPhil from the University of Cambridge in 2004, and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. She was a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Beijing Dance Academy in 2008-2009, a non-residential postdoctoral research fellow at the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 2011-2013, and a Blakemore Freeman Fellow at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Study at Tsinghua University in 2007-2008. Dr. Wilcox joined the University of Michigan faculty in the fall of 2013 after teaching modern Chinese studies at the University of California, Davis in 2011 and the College of William and Mary in 2011-2013. She was President of the Association for Asian Performance in 2015-2017 and a Board Member of the Society for Dance History Scholars in 2014-2016. In 2017, Dr. Wilcox co-curated the exhibit Chinese Dance: National Movements in a Revolutionary Age, 1945-1965 at the University of Michigan Hatcher Library and launched the digital humanities project Pioneers of Chinese Dance Digital Archive. She regularly organizes and interprets for international projects involving dancers and choreographers from China.  View C.V.

Dr. Wilcox is currently accepting MA and PhD students in modern Chinese studies (all topics and areas) and Asian performance studies. 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.

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