Assistant Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Studies
Dr. Hubbert’s research lies at the intersection of contemporary cultural politics, state-society relations, late-socialist transitions and identity formation in contemporary China. She is particularly interested in public representations of the nation-state. Over the years, her research has addressed historical theme parks, Mao badge collectors, generational differences among intellectuals and Cultural Revolution theme restaurants. She has spent the years from 2006 to the present studying the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 World’s Expo in Shanghai. Hubbert is particularly interested in understanding how urban, educated young adults experience these mega-events and how these experiences reflect upon both their own identities and on their constructions of the nation-state.