BA, 1977, Radcliffe College, Harvard University; MA, 1981, University of Pennsylvania; PhD, 1989, Graduate Center, City University of New York. Books: Boys' Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous Idols: Queer Fan Cultures in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, co-edited with Ling Yang and Jamie Zhao (Hong Kong UP); Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women (MIT Press); editor and coauthor, The Business of Holidays (Monacelli Press); Clean New World: Culture, Politics, and Graphic Design (MIT Press); Cut with the Kitchen Knife: The Weimar Photomontages of Hannah Hoch (Yale University Press); coauthor, Montage and Modern Life (MIT Press). Awards: 2013 Senior Research Residency, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; Swann Foundation Grant; Kress Travel Grant; NEA Projects Grant.

Experience at SAIC

I find the SAIC community to be stimulating and also, because the level of productivity for faculty and students is so high, inspiring.

Current Interests

My current book-in-progress is Coffee Prince to Cao Fei: Differentiating Femininities in Chinese and South Korean Art and Mass Culture.

Thesis Advisees

  • Lydia Claire Gordon (Dual 2017): Maternal Ambivalence and Non-Normative Maternal Desires in Chelsea Knight's 'The Breath We Took,' 2013
  • Olivia Graham McManus (MA 2015): Locating Empowerment in Feminism and Pornography: Petra Joy's Female Fantasies and Tristan Taormina's Chemistry Vol. 1
  • Jayne Mack (MA 2015): Holy Weaponized Perfume, Batman! Gendered Visual Vocabulary In Revisions Of Batwoman
  • Kara Jefts (MA 2015): Dance of Death: Mavo Artists and the Posture of Play in Modern Tokyo


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