Hai Ren Ph.D.

Associate Professor, East Asian Studies and Anthropology

Office: Department of East Asian Studies University of Arizona Learning Services Building, Room 102 1512 First St., P. O. Box 210105, Tucson, AZ 85721-0105

Hai Ren (任海) is Associate Professor of East Asian Studies and Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He received his BA in History and Archeology from Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington in Seattle. His current teaching and research interests include comparative media and popular culture studies, digital humanities, aesthetics, critical theory, and political philosophy. He is the author of Neoliberalism and Culture in China and Hong Kong: The Countdown of Time (2010) and The Middle Class in Neoliberal China: Governing Risk, Life-Building, and Themed Spaces (2013). He is the editor of Neo-Liberal Governmentality: Technologies of the Self & Governmental Conduct (a special issue of Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, 2005), and co-editor of New Media Subversion (a special issue of Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, 2010) and Global Futures in East Asia: Youth, Nation, and the New Economy in Uncertain Times (2013). His current projects include the creation of a multimedia interactive application on the figure of the precariat, funded through a grant by the Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry at the University of Arizona.

Courses Taught

  • CHN 245 “Chinese Popular Culture”
  • CHN/ANTH 410A/510A “Ethnic Diversity in China”
  • CHN/ANTH 410B/510B “The Anthropology of Contemporary China”
  • CHN 444/544 “Chinese Media & Culture”
  • EAS 280 “Gender, Sexuality and Asia”