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Nan Ma

Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies (2015)

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on sabbatical 2019-20


Professor Ma joined Dickinson College in 2015. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled "Dancing into Modernity and Socialism: Kinesthesia, Narrative, and Revolutions in China (1900-1978)." Her teaching and research fields include modern Chinese literature, visual culture, and dance and performance studies. Her article, "Transmediating Kinesthesia: Wu Xiaobang and Modern Dance in China, 1929-1939" is forthcoming in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. Before joining Dickinson she taught at Swarthmore College (2013-15). There her courses included all levels of Chinese language, advanced courses on "Transnational and Transmedia Studies of Modern Chinese Dance and Performances" and "Politics of Space in Contemporary Chinese Documentary Films."


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