Stephanie Yingyi Wang (she/her/hers)

GWSS Alumni - Assistant Professor in Gender & Sexuality Studies, St. Lawrence University
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Ph.D., University of Washington, 2022
MPhil., Gender and Sexuality, The University of Hong Kong, 2015
B.A., Economics, Sun Yat-sen University, 2012
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Stephanie, Yingyi Wang earns her doctorate degree in the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington in 2022. Her activism in feminist and queer movement in mainland China and the region of Asia has led her to research interests in queer and affect studies, NGO politics, feminist political economy and social reproduction. Her doctoral research project, entitled “Cruel Activism: Precarity, Labor, and Affects of Chinese Feminist and LGBT Rights NGOs”, seeks to understand how projects by gender equality NGOs and LGBT rights NGOs aimed at empowering the marginalized become sites of negotiation and contestation in contemporary China. It critically positions NGO activist workers at the conjunction of state policies, market orientations and transnational flows of capital and ideas. Situated at the intersection of the study of state-society relations, labor, and feminist social reproduction, Yingyi’s research explores the complexity of NGO work by centering the lived experiences of NGO workers, and by exploring the political, economic, and affective dimensions of precarity, and brings in an interdisciplinary perspective in understanding labor, governance and care.

Yingyi's Master thesis looks into cooperative marriage  - an intimate alliance and queer kinship between gay men and lalas (women who love women) in mainland China - its practices and implications for Chinese queer communities. Her published article on cooperative marriage won the 2018 Feminist Studies Graduate Student Award.


   Yingyi Wang. (2021). Unfinished Revolution: An Overview of Three Decades of LGBT Activism in China. Made in China Journal.

   Yingyi Wang. (2019). When tongzhi marry: experiments of cooperative marriage between lalas and gay men in urban China. Feminist Studies (45)1, 13-35.

   Yingyi Wang, “Exploring the Contradiction of Cooperative Marriage Between Gay Men and Lalas as a Strategy of Practicing Reproductive Rights in Mainland China." LGBTQ POLICY JOURNAL at Harvard Kennedy School 5(2014-2015):73-78.

  Yingyi Wang, “The Study of Cooperative marriage: gay men and lala’s motivation towards marriage”, China Youth Study (2014):14-18.

    Yingyi Wang, Sik Ying Ho, “Book review: Shanghai Lalas: Female Tongzhi Communities and Politics in Urban China”, China Information 28(2014):113-114.


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