Xianghong Feng

A photo of Xianghong Feng

Associate Professor

Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology




Interests and Expertise

  • Political economy
  • Social power and cultural scale
  • Economic growth and social inequality
  • Mobility and individualization
  • Tourism development and sustainability
  • The Miao (Hmong)
  • Kinship and gender
  • Handicraft
  • Ritual and belief
  • Comparative cultural study between China and the US

Additional Information

Xianghong Feng is a sociocultural anthropologist.  She worked as a journalist for national newspapers and a magazine in Beijing, China, before she came to the US for doctoral training in anthropology. Her current research interests are in tourism analysis regarding economic growth, social inequality, scale, space, gender, everyday resistance and their dialectical relationships with power. She has been conducting ethnographic research in Fenghuang in West Hunan of China since 2002. She infuses her passion for journalism into anthropology, and enjoys the adventures in the field. She loves traveling, photographing, videotaping and reading and writing stories. She has published peer-reviewed articles in journals including Human OrganizationAnthropology of Work ReviewUrban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic DevelopmentTourism TribuneJournal of Northwest Anthropology and Studies on Asia. Her other publications include research essays, book reviews and ethnographic photos appearing in American EthnologistThe Journal of Asian StudiesTourism TribuneAnthropology News and SfAA News. She recently published a book, Tourism and Prosperity in Miao Land: Power and Inequality in Rural Ethnic China.