Shana Ye

Assistant Professor and currently a Martha LA McCain Faculty Research Fellow at the Queer and Trans Research Lab of the Bonham Center for Sexual Diversity Studies

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 assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies at University of Toronto Scarborough and in the Women & Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Her research lies at the intersection of transnational feminism, queer social reproduction, queer cinema, post/socialist studies and theories of affect and trauma.

Weaving together ethnography, history, memoir, fiction and cultural critique, Shana’s manuscript Red Father, Pink Son: A Queer Journal to Chimerica (under contract) traces ways in which the economy of queer is predicated on the socioeconomic interdependence of China and the United States, or “Chimerica,” since the late Cold War. Centering on “impossible” subjects such as sodomites in the Cultural Revolution, rural queer migrants, gay men in HIV/AIDS movements, and LGBT activists in the institutionalization of queer Chinese studies and transnational grassroots queer/feminist activism, 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 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 through experiential pedagogy and creative methods. Shana holds a PhD in Feminist Studies and in Developmental Studies and Social Change from the University of Minnesota (2017). She has served on the governing 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.

2021. “The Drama of Chinese Feminism: Post-socialist Trauma and Decolonization of Affect.” Feminist Studies, 47. Nov 3, 783-812.

2021. “‘Paris’ and ‘Scar’: Queer Social Reproduction, Homonormative Division of Labour and HIV/AIDS Economy in Postsocialist China.” Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. Vol 28, Issue 12: 1778-1798.

2021. “Queering Postsocialist Coloniality: Decolonizing Queer Fluidity through Postsocialist Conditionin Postcolonial and Postsocialist Dialogues: Intersections, Opacities, Challenges in Feminist Theorizing and Practice. Edited by Redi Koobak, Madina Tlostanova and Suruchi Thapar-Björkert. London, UK: Routledge.

2022. “Word of Honor and Brand Homonationalism with ‘Chinese Characteristics’: the Dangai Industry, Queer masculinity and the ‘Opacity’ of the State.” Feminist Media Studies. DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2022.2037007.


Undergraduate Courses:

WSTA03     Intro 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