Tani E. Barlow

T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Asian Studies
Senior Editor, positions: east asia cultures critique

Email: tb5 []  Phone: x2269  Office: 321 Humanities


  • Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 1985
  • M.A. University of California, Davis, 1979
  •  B.A. San Francisco State University, 1975

Areas of Interest

  • Modern Chinese Intellectual History
  • Feminist Theory
  • Gender and Social Science

Research and Teaching

Professor Barlow is accepting advanced graduate students in the field of Modern Transnational Chinese history. Qualified applicants will need to acquire or bring to Rice two research languages, Chinese and Japanese, and a high level of openness to intellectual history, historical methods, research methods and historiography. She is also available to serve as a committee member doing a second or third field for students who focus on other regional or national histories (e.g., U.S. historians with expertise in labor migration, Empire studies, international women's movements). Potential students must be comfortable working outside a national political framework.

Selected Publications

  • The Modern Girl Around the World, co-edited with Madeleine Dong, Uta Poiger, Priti Ramamurthy, Lynn Thomas, and Alys Weinbaum (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2008)
  • “Asian Women in Reregionalization,” special issue, What is Left of Asia, Hairong Yan and Dan Volkovitch, eds., positions 15.2 (Fall 2007)
  • “In the Event of Women.” Book manuscript in progress.

 Cinema and Desire (2002)  The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism (2004)
Curriculum Vitae

Current CV