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Ralph Litzinger

Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University


Ralph Litzinger is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. His early research focused on the culture and politics of ethnicity, nationalism, and post-socialism in China. He has published on Marxist nationality theory in China, on ethnic politics in the post-Cold War global order, on gender and ethnic representation, and on ethnographic film, photography, and popular culture. His Other Chinas: The Yao and the Politics of National Belonging (Duke University Press, 2000) was the first major ethnographic study to examine the work and writing of minority intellectuals in the imagining of post-socialist futures. His more recent research engages with questions of border ecologies, bio-politics, activism and advocacy in labor, and migrant education rights. He has published key essays on the transnational and media dimensions of anti-dam protest in southwest China; on global environmental NGOs and the privatization of nature; on self-immolation among Tibetans; on transnational activism directed at Apple and the companies that source its supply chain; and on the emerging field of global media ecologies. He is the co-editor of Ghost Protocols: Development and Displacement in Global China (Duke University Press, 2016) and is currently working on two book projects: Migrant Futures: Education and Labor in Global China and Black Lung: An Ethnography of Dust, the latter a collaborative project with former students, miners, and labor activists in China.