Academics - Faculty Profiles

Emily Chao, PhD
Professor of Anthropology

  • With Pitzer Since: 1996
  • Field Group: Anthropology
  • Campus Address: Fletcher 206
  • Phone: 909.607.2728
  • Email: emily_chao@pitzer.edu
  • Education:
    President's Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
    Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    M.A., New School for Social Research
    B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Recent Courses

  • Introduction to Nepal (ANTH16)
  • The History of Anthropological Theory (ANTH 153)
  • Food, Culture, Power (ANTH9)
  • Sex, Body, Reproduction (ANTH50)
  • China: Gender, Cosmology, and the State (ANTH88)
  • China in the 21st Century: Gender, Culture, Nation (ANTH99)

Selected Publications:

  • Lijiang Stories: Shamans, Taxi drivers, Runaway Brides, and Entrepreneurs in Reform Era China. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2012.
  • “Layered Alterities: Discourses of the Other in Lijiang, China,” Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, vol.34, no.2 (September 2008).
  • “Dangerous Work: Women in Traffic,” Modern China, vol.29, no.1 (January 2003).
  • “The Maoist Shaman and the Madman: Ritual Bricolage, Failed Ritual, and Failed Ritual Theory,” Cultural Anthropology, vol.14, no.4 (1999).

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks:

  • “Ethnicizations of Marital Marginality: Bride Abduction and Elopement In Lijiang,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Canada, November 16, 2011.
  • Panel chair, “China's Ethnic Peripheries,” paper presented at the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast/Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, June 18, 2011.
  • “Capitalizing on Ethnicity: Agency and the Recirculation of Authenticity in China's Southwest,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA, November 2010.
  • Panel chair, “Circulating Identities in East and West China,” Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA, November 2010.