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. Dr. Wilcox’s research has been funded recently by national fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (2014-15) and the Social Science Research Council (2016-17). Her journal articles, in English and Chinese, appear in 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 project, currently under review, is titled Revolutionary Bodies: Dance and China’s Socialist Legacy. She is also co-editor of a collection in progress titled Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia. For a full list of publications, click here.

Dr. 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 past president of the Association for Asian Performance and a former board member of the Society for Dance History Scholars. She regularly curates 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.