- Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology
Shanni Zhao will spend the Spring 2019 semester at Fudan University as she works on her dissertation, entitled “The Gender of Matchmaking: Intimacy, Female Workforce, and State Building in Contemporary China.” This project examines the crisis of social reproduction, indicated by falling marriage and fertility rates in contemporary China. Shanni will use her time in Shanghai to engage in ethnographic research to investigate how the state tackles this crisis, with a focus on state investment in matchmaking as a public service project.
Research Interests: Gender, intimacy, and state formation