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Ralph A. Litzinger, Associate Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Director, Asian/Pacific Studies Institute

Ralph A. Litzinger
Contact Info: 
Office Location:  113 Social Sciences
Office Phone:  (919) 681-6250
Email Address: send me a message


Ph.D.University of Washington1994
M.A.University of Washington1990
B.A.Evergreen State College1985

Social Movements
Research Interests:

Ralph Litzinger, PH.D. University of Washington, 1994, does research on minority politics in the People's Republic of China. He has written on Marxist theory in nationality policy in socialist states, ethnic and indigenous revitalization in the post-Cold War global order, and on ethnographic film, photography, and popular culture. He is the author of Other Chinas: the Yao and the Politics of National Belonging and numerous essays in anthropology, cultural studies, and East Asian studies journals. He is currently doing research on the politics of nature, non-governmental organizations, and global environmentalism in northeastern Yunnan and Eastern Tibet.


Asia • China • Marxist theory • Popular Culture • Cultural Studies

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Ana Huang  
  • Travis Klinsberg  
  • Dasa Mortensen  
  • Robert Powers  
  • Jennifer Chien  
  • Adam Bund  
  • June Hee Kwon  
  • Ju Hyung Shim  
  • Gabi Lukacs  
  • Yu Wang  
  • Hui-ru Tsai  
  • Margo Weiss  
  • Yidong Gong  
Postdocs Mentored

  • Megan Moody (2007-2008)  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Litzinger, RA, Other Chinas: The Yao and the Politics of National Belonging (2000), Duke University Press  [abs]
  2. Litzinger, R, Afterword: Beyond the Corporate Leninist Box, in Privatizing China: Socialism from Afar, edited by Ong, A; Zhang, L (2008)
  3. Litzinger, R, The Mobilization of “Nature”: Perspectives from North-west Yunnan, The China Quarterly, vol. 178 no. 178 (Spring, 2004), pp. 488-504, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]  [abs]
  4. Litzinger, RA, Contested sovereignties and the critical ecosystem partnership fund, Polar: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, vol. 29 no. 1 (January, 2006), pp. 66-87, WILEY [doi]  [abs]
  5. Litzinger, RA, In Search of the Grassroots: Hydroelectric Schemes in Northwest Yunnan, in Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China, edited by Perry, E; Goodman, M (April, 2007)