Sasha Welland is Associate Professor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and Anthropology at the University of Washington. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the China Studies program and graduate certificate programs in Cinema & Media Studies and Public Scholarship. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of cultural anthropology, gender studies, and visual studies. She has a longstanding commitment to exploring creative writing within the social sciences, through experimental ethnography, poetry, and visual essays. Her forthcoming ethnography, a blended print-digital publication, focuses on the gendered and global-local encounters that shape Chinese contemporary art worlds. She is author of A Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters (Rowman & Littlefield), which was also published in Chinese translation (Baihua Wenyi). This cultural biography of her “modern girl” grandmother and great-aunt was a Booklist Editor’s Choice and Borders Original Voices Non-Fiction Selection in 2006. Her articles have appeared in publications such as Journal of Visual Culture, Signs, and Yishu. She curated Cruel/Loving Bodies, a touring exhibition of painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, and video by Chinese, Hong Kong, and Chinese British feminist artists, shown in Beijing and Shanghai (2004) and Hong Kong (2006). She received her PhD in Anthropology with a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz in 2006.
Welland is co-organizer of the conference.