Emily Wilcox is tenured Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies and Associate Chair & Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a specialist in 20th and 21st-century Chinese dance and performance, with broader interests in PRC history, gender and ethnicity, Chinese diaspora studies, and Inter-Asia cultural studies. Dr. Wilcox received national research grants from the American Council of Learned Societies in 2014-2015 and the Social Science Research Council in 2016-2017. Her first book, Revolutionary Bodies: Chinese Dance and the Socialist Legacy (University of California Press, 2019), won the Dance Studies Association de la Torre Bueno Prize® and has been recognized as a foundational text in the growing field of Chinese dance history. Those interested in learning more about the book can download a free Open Access edition by clicking on the link above. A book podcast is also available, as are virtual book talks in English and Chinese. Dr. Wilcox’s forthcoming co-edited collection Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia, which explores dance in Greater China, Japan, and North and South Korea, will be published by the University of Michigan Press on September 1, 2020. Dr. Wilcox is the leading faculty collaborator for the Chinese Dance special collection at the University of Michigan Asia Library, which served as the basis for an original exhibition she co-curated in 2017, “Chinese Dance: National Movements in a Revolutionary Age, 1945-1965” and the historical digital image collection Pioneers of Chinese Dance. Dr. Wilcox has published more than twenty scholarly journal articles and book chapters, in English and Chinese, in leading venues in Asian studies, dance studies, and performance studies. She is currently working on two book translations and several co-edited projects, and she is also writing a new monograph about the history of inter-Asia dance exchange during the Cold War.
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 Blakemore Freeman Fellow at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Study at Tsinghua University in 2007-2008, a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Beijing Dance Academy in 2008-2009, and a non-residential postdoctoral research fellow at the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 2011-2013. Dr. Wilcox joined the University of Michigan faculty in the fall of 2013 after serving as an adjunct instructor of modern Chinese studies at the University of California, Davis in 2011 and a visiting assistant professor of modern Chinese studies at the College of William & Mary in 2011-2013. Wilcox served as President of the Association for Asian Performance in 2015-2017 and Board Member of the Society for Dance History Scholars in 2014-2016. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Dance Studies Association and serves as co-editor of the “China Understandings Today” series at the University of Michigan Press. She is also on editorial boards of dance journals in China and South Korea. Actively engaged in Chinese-language arts and academic communities, Dr. Wilcox regularly lectures in Mandarin and produces projects involving artists and scholars from China. View Emily Wilcox’s C.V.
In 2019, Dr. Wilcox received the Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award for outstanding teaching of undergraduates at the University of Michigan. She teaches courses on modern Chinese studies, comparative Asian studies, and Asian performance studies. Dr. Wilcox advises master’s and doctoral students in the PhD in Asian Languages and Cultures, MA in Chinese Studies, Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies, and MFA in Dance. She also regularly mentors undergraduate honors theses and serves as an external committee member on PhD committees. As a first generation college graduate, Dr. Wilcox enjoys working with students of diverse backgrounds and is committed to overcoming barriers to higher education for all students. Syllabi for Dr. Wilcox’s past and current courses and a list of students she currently advises can be found here. If you are interested in applying to work with Dr. Wilcox, please email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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