Lisa Rofel

DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentAnthropology Department
AffiliationsHumanities Division,
Feminist Studies Department,
East Asian Studies
Office323 Social Sciences 1
Office HoursBy appointment
Campus Mail StopSocial Sciences 1 Faculty Services
Lisa Rofel

Research Interests

Teaching Specialties: Critical theory, feminist anthropology, popular culture, political economy, contemporary China, gender and sexuality.

Area of Research: Urban political economy and culture, popular culture, gender and science, transnational capitalism.

Area of Fieldwork: China

Biography, Education and Training

B.A., Brown University
M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University

Selected Publications

  • Desiring China: Experiments in Neoliberalism, Sexuality and Public Culture. Duke University Press. 2007.

  • Other Modernities: Gendered Yearnings in China after Socialism. University of California Press. 1999.

  • Engendering China: Women, Culture and the State (with Christina Gilmartin, Gail Hershatter, and Tyrene White). Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 1994.

  • "Modernity's Masculine Fantasies," In Bruce Knauft (ed.), Critically Modern: Alternatives, Alterities, Anthropologies. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 175-193. 2002.

  • "Discrepant Modernities and Their Discontents," Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique 9(3):637-649. 2001.

  • "'Yearnings': Televisual Love and Melodramatic Politics in Contemporary China," American Ethnologist 21 (4): 700-722, November 1994.