Xufan (Nadia) Ma

Xufan (Nadia) Ma

PhD Candidate

Department of Government

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Key Expertise
Feminist political theory, Postcolonial and comparative political theory

About me

Thesis: 'Chinese Feminism 1980s-2010s'

My PhD thesis seeks to construct an intellectual history of Chinese feminism from the 1980s to the 2010s. It aims to critically examine the theories and potentially other forms of feminist knowledge produced by Chinese feminist and women’s studies scholars, through carefully historicizing and contextualizing these ideas within the broader political, sociohistorical, and intellectual contexts from which they emerge. The overarching research questions guiding my project are: what kinds of feminist knowledge are produced by Chinese feminist and women’s studies scholars from the 1980s to the 2010s, and how can these intellectual developments contribute to existing feminist theoretical resources? My project takes a thematic approach and focuses on popular feminist debates of different eras. Currently, I am researching on the feminist debate about equality and different in the 1980s and writing a chapter on Li Xiaojiang’s politics of sexual difference. 

Research interests

  • Feminist political philosophy
  • Comparative political thought (CPT)
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Chinese political thought
  • Intellectual history of Chinese feminism

Teaching record

GV267: Global Political Thought (2022/23)