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Emily Williams is a cultural historian of modern China, with a particular interest in Maoist material culture and collections of red relics in contemporary China. Her first book, Collecting the Revolution: British Engagements with Chinese Cultural Revolution Material Culture (Rowman Littlefield) was published in 2022. She teaches modules in Chinese history, society, and aesthetics. She welcomes PhD proposals in these areas.She joined XJTLU in 2018. Before that, she received her Ph.D. from Birkbeck College, University of London in 2016, and has taught at Birkbeck College, Christies Education London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.

Research interests

Cultural heritage

Twentieth-century Chinese history

Legacies of the Mao era in contemporary China

Mao-era visual and material culture

Material Culture History


Fudan Fellow - Department of History - Fudan University Shanghai - 2017

Senior Teaching Fellow in Modern Chinese History - SOAS, University of London - 2016-2017

Lecturer in Arts of China - Christies Education London - 2016-2017

Research Assistant - Chinese Poster Collection, University of Westminster - 2012-2014


CCS110 - Aesthetics, Art and Design in China

CCS312 - Cities in Chinese History

CCS004 - Introduction to China Studies

CCS409 - Final Year Project (MA Thesis Supervisor)

CCS305 - Final Year Project (BA Thesis Supervisor)

CCS105 - Twentieth Century China

CCS203 - China: Social stratification and change

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow - Higher Education Authority - 2020

Ph.D. - Birkbeck College, University of London - 2016

M.A. - Goldsmiths College, University of London - 2010

M.A. (hons) - University of Edinburgh - 2007

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