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Emily Wilcox

Wilson China Fellow

Professional affiliation

Associate Professor of Chinese Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, William & Mary.

Wilson Center Projects

“Before Belt and Road: The Historical Development of Solidarity Politics in China’s Inter-Asia and Afro-Asia Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century.”

Full Biography

Emily Wilcox is Associate Professor of Chinese Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at William & Mary. Wilcox is a leading scholar of 20th and 21st-century Chinese dance and performance, with broader specializations in PRC history, gender and ethnicity in modern and contemporary China, transnational Chinese diaspora studies, and inter-Asia cultural diplomacy. Wilcox's first book, Revolutionary Bodies: Chinese Dance and the Socialist Legacy (University of California Press, 2018) was the recipient of grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council and won the 2019 de la Torre Bueno Prize© from the Dance Studies Association. Wilcox is co-editor of Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia (University of Michigan Press, 2020), which examines dance and politics in Greater China, Japan, and North and South Korea. She is co-creator of the Pioneers of Chinese Dance Digital Archive and lead faculty collaborator of the University of Michigan Asia Library Chinese Dance Collection. In 2017, Wilcox co-curated the public-facing exhibition “Chinese Dance: National Movements in a Revolutionary Age, 1945-1965.”