Institute for Social Justice

Alumni

Jianping Mao

Jianping Mao

As a native of Xinjiang region of China, I am deeply concerned with conditions facing Uyghurs in Akesu—a very poor region and where I grew up. As a feminist, I am concerned with conditions facing Uyghur women. Most are confronted with poverty, a difficult, “Orientalist” minority status, a tenuous Islamic tradition that precludes them from public engagement, and other forms of marginalization. These concerns have spurred my interests in using and developing theories associated with care, recognition and power to examine the challenges they face and to search for progressive solutions that contribute to social justice. To these ends as an undergraduate I double-majored in politics and philosophy at Nankai University in Tianjin. Since then I have continued my studies of both Chinese and Western political philosophy at the graduate level at East China Normal University in Shanghai. Over time, my interests are broad but have narrowed in the direction of the critical tradition, with a special sensitivity towards Marxism and feminism. Additionally, during the Fall 2013, I worked as a visiting scholar under Professor Virginia Held at the City University of New York, developing my understanding of care ethics. I will join ACU’s Institute for Social Justice as a doctoral student in June 2014 with the aim of taking my studies to the next level.