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Guojun Wang

Headshot of Prof Guojun Wang

Associate Professor of Asian Studies


Office: Buttrick 260




  • BA – Beijing Normal University, 2006
  • MA – Beijing Normal University, 2009
  • PhD – Yale University, 2015


  • Early modern Chinese literature & culture
  • Intersection of writing, performance, materiality, gender, and legal practices
  • Asian diaspora


Guojun Wang specializes in early modern Chinese literature and culture, with a particular interest in the intersections between writing, performance, materiality, and gender. His first book, Staging Personhood: Costuming in Early Qing Drama (Columbia University Press, 2020), examines theatrical costuming in 17th-century China when the Manchu rulers regulated hairstyles and clothing based on ethnicity and gender. The book argues that theatrical costuming provided a productive way to reconnect bodies, clothing, and identities dissociated by political turbulence during China’s dynastic transition. He is currently working on a book project about dead bodies in forensic literature of early modern China.

Wang’s recent publications have appeared in Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China, T’oung Pao, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, and Late Imperial China. His works have been funded by institutions such as the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the American Society for Theatre Research, and the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation.

Wang teaches widely on Chinese literature, culture, and Asian diaspora. His courses cover both the pre-modern and modern periods and involve Chinese literature in all its principal genres.


Courses Taught:

  • ASIA 2605 Romancing the Nation in Modern Chinese Literature
  • ASIA 2606 The Martial Tradition in Chinese Literature
  • ASIA 2607 Self and Society in Pre-Modern Chinese Literature
  • ASIA 2608 Chinese Drama: 13th-20th Centuries
  • ASIA 2609W Writing and Gender in Traditional China
  • ASIA 2610 Overseas Encounters: Reading the World through Students Abroad