Stephanie Yingyi Wang

Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, St. Lawrence University
Stephanie Yingyi Wang


Stephanie Yingyi Wang started teaching at St. Lawrence University directly after receiving her doctorate in Feminist Studies from the University of Washington’s Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department in 2022. During her time at UW, Wang was also associated with the China Studies Program and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. In 2018, she was awarded Feminist Studies’ Graduate Student Award for her article on cooperative marriages between gay men and lesbian women in China.

A bisexual activist in China since 2011, Wang’s dissertation Cruel Activism: Precarity, Labor, and Affect of Chinese Feminist and LGBT Rights NGOs draws on her own experiences, archives, and a 15-month ethnography of three NGOs to explore the political, economic, and affective components of the precarity faced by feminist and LGBT rights NGO workers. By examining the gap between NGO workers’ hope and optimism and the reality of overwork, underpay, and state harassment, Wang shows how the Chinese party-state uses and shapes the work of feminist and LGBT rights NGO workers.

At St. Lawrence, Wang teaches courses on transnational LGBTQ+ politics, gender and sexuality in East Asia, an introduction to gender and society, and she is developing new courses on women and international economic development, social reproduction theory, and racial capitalism. In addition to those topics, Wang’s research interests include labor, affect, social movement and NGO politics, and China studies.

Congratulations on your success, Stephanie!