Jiling Duan

Jiling Duan

Graduate Student, 2015 Cohort


M.A., Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Xiamen University (China), 2010.

B.A., Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language & English Language and Literature, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China), 2007.

About Jiling Duan

As a feminist activist and a former editor and journalist, it is my long-term goal to promote women’s rights and gender equality in China and worldwide through combining academic research with teaching, advocating, and facilitating transnational feminist movements.

My dissertation project examines the historical processes of the Chinese feminist movement between 1995 and 2020 as it has been shaped by the state’s evolving governing capacity, the maneuvers of domestic and overseas feminist professionals and brokers, and the invigoration supplied by transnational forces. Focusing on the transnational flows of feminist ideas and organizational strategies across borders, my broader project goals are twofold: 1) to analyze what the struggles of Chinese feminists within an authoritarian regime can teach us about the potential of transnational feminist movements; and 2) to conceptualize transnational feminist alliances that flow across borders, transcend differences, and speak to a broad spectrum of women.


Duan, J., and Long, Y. “Women’s Movement in China and East Asia,” in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social & Political Movements (2nd edition), edited by Snow, D. A., et al. Wiley-Blackwell. (forthcoming).

Courses Taught

COLL-C 105 Diversity and Difference: Race, Gender, and Sexuality (Grader)

GNDR-G 101 Gender, Culture, and Society

GNDR-G 225 Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture (Grader)

Selected Awards

Barbara C. Gray Outstanding Teaching Award, Indiana University. 2021.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, 2020-2021.

Dissertation Research Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University. 2019-2020.

China and Inner Asia Council Small Grant, Association for Asian Studies, April 2019.

Research Award, Rockefeller Archive Center, New York, March 2019.

International Exchange Program Fellowship, The Office of International Partnerships at Indiana University, Spring 2019.

Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF)-Chow Fellowship for Field Research in China, May 2018.

Chinese Society for Women’s Studies (CSWS) Closing Award, January 2018.