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Faculty Profile

Nan Ma

Associate Professor of East Asian Studies (2015)

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Stern Center for Global Educ Room 108


Professor Ma's teaching and research fields include modern Chinese literature, visual culture, and performance studies. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC), China Perspectives, and Beijing Dance Academy Journal, and the anthology Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia (edited by Katherine Mezur and Emily Wilcox, University of Michigan Press, 2020). Professor Ma also serves as an editorial board member for the Dance Research Journal (DRJ), starting in September 2022. Her book, When Words are Inadequate: Modern Dance and Transnationalism in China, is forthcoming at Oxford University Press. She teaches all levels of Chinese language and topic courses, such as "Modern Chinese Performances Culture," "Chinese Science Fiction and Film," and "Cities in Chinese Literature, Film, and Visual Arts." Professor Ma is currently working on her second book project about war and dance in twentieth-century China.


  • B.A., Peking University, 2004
  • M.A., Tsinghua University, 2007
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

CHIN 101 Elementary Chinese
A study of the fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese, including grammar, reading, and writing using both traditional and simplified characters, pinyin romanization, pronunciation, and conversational skills.

CHIN 201 Intermediate Chinese
An enhancement of the oral and written skills of elementary language study. In addition, students will learn to use dictionaries to translate original literary works. Extra conversational work will be included, geared to understanding and participating in Chinese culture. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent.