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Emily Wilcox

Associate Professor of Chinese Studies

Office: Washington Hall 213
Phone: (757) 221-2428
Email: [[eewilcox]]

Dr. Emily Wilcox 魏美玲 joined joined William & Mary as tenured associate professor of Chinese studies in January 2021. Previously, Wilcox was tenured associate professor of Chinese studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Wilcox earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, her MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a visiting student at the Beijing Dance Academy and a postdoctoral fellow at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. At Michigan, Wilcox served as director of the PhD program in Asian studies and associate chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. At William & Mary, Wilcox has served as interim chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and director of the Chinese Studies Program. In fall 2023, Wilcox is on leave as a member in residence in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Wilcox is an award-winning scholar of modern and contemporary China with a focus on performing arts, media, and cultural history of the People’s Republic of China. Wilcox is the author or co-editor of five books:  Revolutionary Bodies: Chinese Dance and the Socialist Legacy (University of California Press, 2018; Winner of the 2019 de la Torre Bueno Prize® from the Dance Studies Association); Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia (co-edited with Katherine Mezur, University of Michigan Press, 2020); 革命的身体:重新认识当代中国舞蹈文化 (Li Hongmei, trans., Fudan University Press, 2023); Inter-Asia in Motion: Dance as Method (co-edited with Soo Ryon Yoon, Routledge, 2023); and Teaching Film from the People’s Republic of China (co-edited with Zhuoyi Wang and Hongmei Yu, Modern Language Association, 2024). Professor Wilcox is co-creator with Liangyu Fu of the University of Michigan Chinese Dance Collection and author of more than thirty articles and book chapters in English and Chinese. She is currently working on two book projects: the English translation of a critical history of Chinese national folk dance and a research monograph on international dance exchanges in Mao-era China. A complete list of Wilcox’s publications can be found here.

Wilcox teaches courses and advises undergraduate and graduate research in Chinese studies, Asian and Asian diaspora studies, and dance and performance studies. For more information, see Emily Wilcox’s C.V.


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