School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Aixia Huang

Key information

School of History, Religions and Philosophies PhD researcher
BA (Manchester),
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Thesis title
Before and Beyond Sexuality: Trans-femininity in Ming-Qing China
Internal Supervisors
Dr Andrea Janku & Dr Alyosxa Tudor


My doctoral project explores trans-femininity in Ming-Qing China, for which I have been awarded the Doctoral Fellowship by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.

My other research interests include queer theory, trans theory and the travels of Chinese historical queerness and transness within and beyond the Chinese diaspora. I have taught modules on gender theory, migration and diaspora studies, and East Asian history as a graduate teaching assistant/tutor at the SOAS Centre for Gender Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.   

My recent publications include a peer-reviewed article in The Journal of the History of Sexuality (fall 2022), and a forthcoming chapter in the edited volume 'Queer Literature in the Sinophere' (Bloomsbury Academic). My work has won the 2023 Early Career Researcher Prize by the British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS).

I am also the co-editor of the volume 'A Cultural History of Trans Lives in the Long Eighteenth Century', which is currently under contract with Bloomsbury. 

Research interests

History of Gender and Sexuality, Chinese History, Queer Theory, Trans Theory, Migration and Diaspora, Decolonial Historiography