Lihua Wang grew up in Beijing, China and came to America for her graduate education. She received her Master’s Degree in International Development and Social Change at Clark University and Doctoral Degree in Sociology at Northeastern University in 1994. Her thesis for her Master’s Degree was focused on the impact of Chinese neoliberal policy on rural women’s lives in Beishadao village in Shandong Providence. Since then, her research has continued in the direction of analyzing the relationship between the Chinese state, policy, and gender issues. Her fieldwork sites were expanded to include Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunan and other parts of China. Her later research included a three-year project on the one-child policy and poverty reduction in rural Sichuan Province. Two research papers, based on the Project were published. One titled “Neoliberalism and the Feminization of Family Survival: The Happiness Project in Four Chinese Villages,” received an Outstanding Author Contribution Award from the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence in 2013. She is also the editor of Globalization and its Chinese Discontents: Feminist Critiques published by Peking University Press in 2008 and co-editor of Women, War, and Violence: Personal Perspectives and Global Activism published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010. Engaged with both global and feminist studies, currently she teaches Women and Work in a Global Society, Sex and the Global City, Transnational Feminism, the Chinese Family, and China since 1949. Her publications include:
- “Rural Women’s Bodies and Invisible Hands: Neoliberalism and Population Control in China” with Linda Blum in Vulnerable Bodies/Embodied Boundaries, ed. by Lisa Folkmarson Käll, Sprinkle Publications, pp. 13-30, 2016. Also,
- “Neoliberalism and the Feminization of Family Survival: The Happiness Project in Four Chinese Villages” in Advances in Gender Research 16- Social Production and Reproduction at the Interface of Public and Private Spheres, edited by Marcia Sega, Vasilikie Demos, and Esther Ngan-ling Chow, UK: Emerald Publishing Group, Ltd., pp. 113-136, 2012.
- “Development and Empire Building: Feminist Post-Development Discourse” in Globalization and its Chinese Discontents, edited by Lihua Wang, Peking University Press, pp. 1-26, 2008.
- “Survival and/or Resistance: Globalization and Buyi Women’s Weaving” in Globalization and its Chinese Discontents, edited by Lihua Wang, Peking University Press, pp. 167-192, 2008.