• Dr. Jie Zhang specializes in Chinese literature and film. Her research focuses on pre-modern Chinese literary texts in post-modern, multimedia, and oftentimes border-crossing contexts. She regularly teaches three courses on Chinese cinema and has published on Chinese and transnational Chinese cinema both in English and Chinese. Dr. Zhang is currently collaborating with Dr. Karen Kingsbury to translate stories by Chinese writer Eileen Chang into English. She is also working on a book project tentatively entitled Emotions in E-motions: Chinese Internet Culture in the 2010s. Before coming to Trinity, Dr. Zhang taught at Kenyon College and the Princeton in Beijing Program. She has also taught graduate courses on Chinese literature and Chinese cinema at the Middlebury Chinese School.

    • Ph.D. in Chinese and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis
    • M.A. in Contemporary Chinese Literature, Peking University
    • B.A. in Chinese Languages and Literature, Beijing Normal University
    • “The Geopolitics of Being Lost: Jiong in China’s Most Popular Movie Franchise,” in ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, forthcoming in Fall 2020.
    • “Chai Jing: The Power of Vulnerability,” in Contemporary Chinese Female Celebrities, ed. Shenshen Cai. Palgrave Macmillan. 2019. 39-62.
    • Anchor“The Wolf Warriors Films: A Single Spark. A Prairie Fire?” China Currents, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2018. (https://www.chinacenter.net/2018/china_currents/17-2/the-wolf-warriors-films-a-single-spark-a-prairie-fire/)
    • “Joan Chen,” Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, Volume 4, Berkshire, 2015.
    • “Joan Chen: National, Transnational, and International,” in East Asian Film Stars, eds. Leung Wing-Fai & Andy Willis. Palgrave Macmillan. 2014. 96-112.
    • Death Ray on a Coral Island as China’s First Science Fiction Film,” in World Science Fiction Film, ed. Sonja Fritzsche. The Liverpool University Press. 2014. 51-67. 
    • “Watching Li Yu’s Plays in Seventeenth-Century China,” in Southeast Review of Asian Studies, Vol. 34, 2012. 4-24. 
    • “Cui Zi’en’s Night Scene and China’s Visual Queer Discourse,” in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Vol. 24, No. 1. Spring 2012. 88-111. 
    • A Simple Noodle Story: Chinese Entertainment in a Postmodern Context,” in The Industries of Chinese-Language Cinema: History, Reality, and Methodology (conference proceedings, in Chinese), School of Film and Television, Shanghai University, June 10-11, 2011. 446-453.  
    • “Popular Music in Jia Zhangke’s Unknown Pleasures,” in ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, Vol. XVIII, No.2, Spring 2011. 79-93.
    • “Noise, Silence, and Music in Jia Zhangke’s Films,” in Hundred Schools in Arts (in Chinese), Vol. 117, No. 8, 2010. 330-332. 
    • “Dancers of Thoughts: Ling Bo’s Bilingual Literary Practices,” in A Generation of Wild Geese: Critiques and Selections of Short Stories by New Immigrant Writers from Mainland China in North American (in Chinese), eds. Rong Rong and Chen Ruiling. Beijing: Zhongguo wenlian, 2008. 297-302.     
    • (Non-Fiction Creative Writing) “Reflections of a Summer at Middlebury,” in Chinese School at Middlebury-The Passage to Success (Chinese Edition), ed. Chen Tong. Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2013. 199-204.
    • (Guest Editorship) “China through the Cinematic Lens,” a special section comprised of five articles, ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, Vol. XVIII, No.2, Spring 2011. 10-93. 
    • Chinese and transnational Chinese cinemas
    • Late imperial Chinese fiction and drama
    • Chinese Cinema
    • Modern Chinese Literature 
    • Classical Chinese
    • Chinese Language (all levels)
    • East Asian Theater and Culture 
    • Being Young in Asia (First Year Experience)
    • 2020, Trinity Academic Leave: Emotion in Chinese Internet Events 
    • 2019, Trinity Course Revision Grant: Chinese Cinema 
    • 2019, Mellon SURF Grant (Faculty Advisor): Emotion in Chinese Internet Cultures 
    • 2018, Trinity Summer Research Stipend: Papi Jiang and Self Media in China  
    • 2017, Mellon SURF Grant (Faculty Advisor): Seeing China through Different Eyes
    • 2014, Trinity Academic Leave: Cinematic Adaptations of Masterpieces of Chinese Fiction
    • 2012, Trinity Information Literacy Grant: Video Projects for Chinese Cinema Courses
    • 2012, Trinity Language across the Curriculum Grant: Chinese Popular Songs
    • 2010-12 Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Swearingen Faculty Fellowship
    • 2008, ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Fellowship: China in Transition
    • Zhang has served on the board of directors for Chinese Language Teachers Association-Texas (2009-11), Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (2010-12), and ASIANetwork (2015-18). She is currently on the board of International Society for Educational Biography (2019-22). 
    • Zhang has reviewed manuscripts for Palgrave Macmillan, Journal of the Southwest Conference on Asian StudiesJournal of Chinese CinemasThe American Journal of Chinese Studies, and Verge: Studies in Global Asias. She also regularly serves as an outside reviewer for tenure and promotion cases in liberal arts colleges.
    • At Trinity, Zhang has hosted visits of many speakers and filmmakers. She helped launch Trinity’s summer program at Shanghai Jiaotong University and was also a member of the Global Awareness Assessment Committee. She currently serves in the Faculty Development Committee and the Culture and Language across the Curriculum Committee.