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Sasha Su-Ling Welland (she/her/hers)

Associate Professor, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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(206) 221-4725
PDL B110 P
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On sabbatical leave
Not accepting new graduate students


PhD, Anthropology (designated emphasis in Feminist Studies), University of California Santa Cruz, 2006
MA, Anthropology, University of California Santa Cruz, 1998
BA, Individually Designed Major (Ethnic Studies), Stanford University, 1991
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Sasha Welland is Associate Professor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, and an affiliated faculty member in AnthropologyChina 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.


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.


Selected Research


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.

Luana RossAngelica Macklin, and Nicole Robert around the use of visual methods, be those documentary film or museum curation, as part of feminist research and activism.

Michelle Habell-PallánMonica De La Torrealma khasawnihAngelica 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). 

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