Sasha Welland is Associate Professor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, and an affiliated faculty member in Anthropology, China Studies and Comparative History of Ideas. Her first book, A Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), traces the social history and border-crossing lives of two “modern girls,” a writer and a doctor, who emerged from China’s early twentieth-century women’s movement. Experimental Beijing: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art (Duke University Press, 2018) is an ethnography of Chinese contemporary art as a zone of cultural encounter, in which post-socialist revaluations of rural and urban space, public and private boundaries, and masculinity and femininity are represented and questioned. An editorial board member of Journal of Visual Culture, Welland has also published articles in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. She has curated feminist art exhibits in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
- 2019 Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize awarded by the Society for East Asian Anthropology to Experimental Beijing.
- 2020 Joseph Levenson Post-1900 Book Prize (China) awarded by the Association for Asian Studies to Experimental Beijing.
Recent Fellowships & Grants
- Research Royalty Fund Grant, University of Washington, 2018.
- Digital Humanities Summer Research Fellowship, Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington, 2014 & 2017
- Society of Scholars Research Fellowship, Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington, 2016.
- American Council for Learned Societies Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society Grant , 2012.
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland. “List as Form: Literary, Ethnographic, Long, Short, Heavy, Light.” In Writing Anthropology: Essays on Craft and Commitment, edited by Carole McGranahan, 28-33. Durham: Duke University Press, 2020.
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland. "Camouflaged Histories: Lei Yan as Chinese Guerrilla Girl." positions: asia critique 28.1 (2020): 87-119.
- National Women's Studies Association, Annual Conference, 2019.
- The Crescent Moon Symposium, University of California, Los Angeles, May 4, 2018.
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland. "Open Book." Viewpoint series exhibit of Elizabeth Murray and Anne Waldman: Her Story. Seattle: Henry Art Gallery, 2018.
- Sasha Welland. "Aesthetics." Cultural Anthropology, Theorizing the Contemporary Series, Keywords for Ethnography and Design, 2018.
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland. Experimental Beijing: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art. Durham: Duke University Press, 2018. Download PDF (395.85 KB)
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland. “World of the Visual: Introduction to Visual Arts Section.” In Creating Across Cultures: Women in the Arts from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, ed. Michelle Vosper, 69. Hong Kong: East Slope Publishing, 2017. Download PDF (1.23 MB)
- Ethnography Unbound: Experiments in New Scholarship, Sasha Su-Ling Welland, Ph.D., 2016
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland, “List as Form: Literary, Ethnographic, Long, Short, Heavy, Light,” Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology, September 28, http://savageminds.org.
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland. “Opening the Great Wall” [开放⻓长城], Chinese text translated by Mao Weidong, in Pain in Soul: Performance Art and Video Works by He Chengyao [⼼灵之痛：何成瑶的⾏行为艺术及影像]. Shanghai: Zendai Museum of Modern Art, 2007, 50-66.
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland. “Ocean Paradise.”Journal of Visual Culture 6.3 (2007): 419-435.
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland. A Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland. “What Women Will Have Been: Reassessing Feminist Cultural Production in China,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 31.4 (2006): 941-66.
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland. “On Curating Cruel/Loving Bodies,” Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 4.1 (2005): 17‐36.
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland. Cruel/LovingBodies [酷／爱⾝身体], bilingual Chinese/English exhibit catalogue, editor and translator, Beijing: 798 Space & Shanghai: Duolun Museum of Modern Art, 2004.
Research Advised: Graduate Masters Theses
Research Advised: Graduate Dissertations
- Byler, Darren. "Spirit Breaking: Uyghur Dispossession, Culture Work and Terror Capitalism in a Chinese Global City." PhD diss., University of Washington, 2018.
- khasawnih, alma. “Embodied Writing: Gender and Class in the Graffiti and Murals of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.” PhD diss., University of Washington, 2018.
- Zhou, S., Welland, Sasha, Anagnost, Ann, Harrell, Stevan, & Ramamurthy, Priti. (2017). The Gendered Landscape of Chinese Forestry Reform: Labor, Narrative and Resistance, 1950s-Current, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.
Sasha Welland is in dialogue with:
Michelle Habell-Pallán's humanistic and cultural studies work on race, gender, and sexuality through expressive culture. While Michelle focuses on music and Sasha on visual art, they share together with Monica De La Torre and alma khasawnih an interest in how cultural production shapes social categories and is deeply enmeshed in social, political, and economic relations and struggles, in North America, China, and the Arab World.
Michelle Habell-Pallán, Monica De La Torre, alma khasawnih, Angelica Macklin, Nicole Robert, and Shuxuan Zhou about feminist approaches to the digital humanities in research, pedagogy, and as a way of connecting collaborative scholarship with new public audiences.
Priti Ramamurthy, Chandan Reddy, and Amanda Swarr on questions related to transnational feminist theory and activism such as: How can we connect the scholarship and activism of feminists working in various contexts to ask new questions about the transnational discourses of survival and rights—often posited as the contemporary modes that have replaced the twentieth-century one of revolution? What are the methodological and epistemological contributions and contradictions of feminist activists and theorists where they come together in praxis?
Shuxuan Zhou, Yiyu Tian, Christina Yuen Zi Chung, and Stephanie Yingyi Wang about feminist theory, histories of gender and sexuality, and cross-generational dialogues in Greater China (Mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan).
- Sasha Welland receives Joseph Levenson Post-1900 Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies - February 18, 2020
- Sasha Welland gives talk at Mount San Antonio College - April 23, 2019
- Associate Professor Sasha Welland - Roundtable & Discussion: Responses to Chinese Authoritarianism - 3/1/2019 - February 20, 2019