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Zexu Guan


Drs. Z. Guan MA
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Zexu Guan is a PhD candidate at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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I focus on the intersection of gender studies and media studies in China. By exploring the daily practices of beauty bloggers, my current research investigate how the new media industry shapes the gendered labor and how these female laborers react to the neoliberal Internet world. 

Curriculum vitae

2016- Present: Ph.D candidate, LUCAS, Leiden University (supervisors: Prof.dr.E.J. (Ernst) van Alphen, Dr. Eliza Steinbock)

2014- 2016: MA, Mass Communication, Peking University (supervisor: Prof. Jing Wu)

2010- 2014: BA, Editing and Publishing, East China Normal University
BS, Applied Psychology, East China Normal University 

Grants and awards

China Scholarship Council Scholarship 


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Literatuurwetenschap
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