Sara Liao is an assistant professor at the Department of Film Production and Media Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in media studies from the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas. She has worked at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as an assistant professor before joining the Bellisario College. Liao worked as the convener of the Global Communication undergraduate program in the School of Journalism and Communication at CUHK and has three-year experience of teaching, covering various topics such as global communication, gender and media, and communication theories.
Liao’s research examines how media technologies, the state, consumerism, and gender dynamics are imbricated in the production of culture and the various forms of identities in a transnational setting, with a focus on broader Chinese societies. Her recent book Fashioning China: Precarious Creativity of Women Designers in Shanzhai Culture (Pluto, 2020) focuses on the creativity and precarity of a group of women fashion designers, whose experience encapsulates the shifting cultural terrain in China. She also has various publications in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, including Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, International Journal of Communication, Communication, Culture & Critique, and Chinese Journal of Communication. She currently works on researching and writing about feminist movement in China and activism against sexual harassment, sexism and misogyny.