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Zhiqiu Benson Zhou

PhD in Rhetoric and Public Culture (2020) | Certificate in GSS & TA 2018-19

Zhiqiu Benson Zhou is a 2020-22 postdoctural fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Contemporary China. He received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies with a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Northwestern University. His research interests include masculinity studies, queer theory, cultural studies, political economy of media, and qualitative methods. He is particularly interested in understanding sexual inequality among sexual minorities. His dissertation explores the diversity of Chinese gay masculinities and the extant sexual hierarchy(ies) among different gay masculinities through ethnographic work in Beijing. Before coming to Northwestern, he obtained a BA in Public Relations and a minor in Journalism from Communication University of China, and an MA in Communication Studies from Renmin University of China.

Courses taught:

  • GSS 341: "Global Masculinities"