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Zhiqiu Benson Zhou

Zhiqiu Benson Zhou is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Public Culture. He is also pursuing a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies and was selected as a graduate teaching fellow in GSS during 2018-2019. His research and teaching interests include global masculinities, queer ethnography, cultural studies, queer media, critical race studies, and ethnographic methods. He is particularly interested in studying how marginalized groups further marginalize certain individuals. Through extensive fieldwork in Beijing, his dissertation explores the establishment of homonormativity, a set of new norms, values, and rules that hierarchize sexual subjects in Chinese queer communities. He has won awards for his research from the American Anthropological Association and the National Communication Association. Prior to coming to Northwestern, he received an MA from Renmin University of China and a BA from Communication University of China.