Shana Ye

Assistant Professor

Cross Appointments: Historical and Cultural Studies at UTSC

Phone: 647-916-6259

Areas of Interest

  • Transnational feminism
  • Queer studies
  • Post-socialist studies
  • Affect and trauma
  • China studies

I welcome students in study of Chinese feminism, Sinophone queer studies, and China and colonialism.

Chinese feminism, transnational feminist praxis, queer of color critique, queer and socialism, China and global colonialism, Cold War gender politics and sexuality   


Dr. Shana Ye is an assistant professor in Women and Gender Studies at University of Toronto Scarborough and in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Her/their research lies at the intersection of transnational feminism, queer studies, post/socialist studies and theories of affect and trauma. Shana’s work up to date has examined the ways in which discourses of queer sexualities in post/socialism compete, align and are produced through history of colonialism, Cold War ideology, globalized modalities of neoliberalism, and new forms of empire making. From the perspectives of trauma and affective life, her/their book-in-progress, Red Father, Pink Son: Queer Socialism and Post/socialist Queer critiques explores how radical sexual practice and politics in socialism are rendered invisible in Western-centric transnational queer studies. Centering on the “impossible” queer socialist subject—in China’s Cultural Revolution, HIV/AIDS movements, institutionalization of queer Chinese studies, transnational grassroots queer/feminist activism, as well as Chinese neocolonialism, Shana’s project brings to the forefront questions of representation, queer mode of knowing, and the sexualized, gendered, and racialized power relations in transnational queer praxis. 

Shana sees the goal of feminist education and research as to advance social justice. She/ze is committed not only to increasing LGBTQ visibility in the classroom and professional venues, but also to “queering” the academic institution by challenging its systemic sexism, heteronormativity, classism, ableism and meritocracy. Shana holds a PhD in Feminist Studies and in Developmental Studies and Social Change from the University of Minnesota. She/ze is currently serving on the boards of Society for Queer Asian Studies (SQAS) affiliated with Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and North American Asian Feminist Collaborative (NAAF) caucus at National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). 


Ph.D. in Feminist Studies – 2017 – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 

Red Father, Pink Son: Queer Socialism and Post-socialist Queer Critiques 

Co-advisers: Jigna Desai, Richa Nagar 

M.A. in Women and Gender Studies  – 2011- University of Cincinnati 

B.A in Women and Gender Studies 2007 University of Cincinnati 

B.A in Political Science – 2006 – Beijing International Studies University  

Selected Publications

2016.“Reconstructing the Transgendered Self as a Feminist Subject: Trans/Feminist Praxis in Urban China.” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, Vol 3. Numbers 1-2.  

2018. “Reparative Return to ‘Queer Socialism’: Agency, Desires and the Socialist Queer Space.” in Power and Pleasure: Writing the History of Sexuality in China. Edited by Howard Chiang. Seattle: University of Washington Press: 142-162.

Forthcoming. “The Drama of Chinese Feminism: Neoliberal Agency and Postsocialist Coloniality in Post-Cold War Feminist Politics.” Feminist Studies.  


Undergraduate Courses:

WSTA03Intro to Feminist Thought and Theory 

WSTB25   LGBT History, Theory and Activism  

WSTC25   Transnational Sexuality 

WST/GASD30Alien/Asian: Techno-Orientalism and the Global Asian Futurity

Graduate Courses:

WGS5000     Feminist Theories, Histories, Movements I 

WGS1013     Intimacy, Empire, Violence