Zhiqiu Benson Zhou


2020-2022 CSCC Postdoctoral Fellow

Zhiqiu Benson Zhou received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies with a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Northwestern University. His research explores topics that straddle the intersection of sexuality, race, media, and popular culture, with a geographical focus on China. His first book project examines how China’s involvement in transnationalism has reorganized queer men’s desires and engendered sexual hierarchies in urban queer communities. It illuminates the remarginalization of already disenfranchised queer individuals and the limited queerness of China’s contemporary queer cultures. This project is based on extensive fieldwork in Beijing and digital ethnography on Chinese cyberspaces from 2017 to 2018. His research has been supported and recognized by the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, the American Anthropological Association, the National Communication Association, and the American Men’s Studies Association. His work has appeared in journals including Feminist Media Studies and the Journal of Asian Studies. In addition, he is working on several projects that explore queer experiences and tactics in the Mao Era, China’s cyber racism, and the reception of queer pornography.