Mason’s Folklore Studies Program is delighted to welcome Dr. Lijun Zhang as assistant professor of folklore. Dr. Zhang received her Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University–Bloomington and received her M.A. in folklore from Beijing Normal University. She is the author of Chinese Folk Art and Crafts (China Agricultural Press, 2010) and the co-editor of Quilts of Southwest China (Indiana University Press, 2016) and Chinese Folklore Studies Today: Discourse and Practice (Indiana University Press, 2019). Her dissertation, “Living with/in heritage: Tulou as home, heritage, and destination,” has resulted in numerous other publications.
Before coming to Mason, Dr. Zhang was research curator of folklife and cultural heritage at the Anthropological Museum of Guangxi in southwest China. Her current work focuses on collaborating with a team of international scholars to conduct ethnographic research regarding material culture in southwest China. She also serves on the editorial board member of Museum Anthropology Review.
Dr. Zhang is excited to be living near well-known museums in the D.C. area, and she is “looking forward to introducing the world of folkloristics to students.”
September 04, 2019