Robin Visser


New West 210

Associate Professor of Asian Studies

Associate Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Chinese Program Coordinator

Honors Adviser for the Deptartment of Asian Studies

Adjunct Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Robin Visser teaches courses on Chinese and comparative literatures, cinemas, gender studies, urban studies, and environmental studies.  Her current research is on East Asian environmental aesthetics.  Her recent publications include a translation on Taiwanese women filmmakers (in Chinese Women’s Cinema, Columbia UP, 2011) and a forthcoming essay on Chinese virtual media (in Spectacle and the City, Amsterdam UP, 2012).  Her first book, Cities Surround the Countryside: Urban Aesthetics in Postsocialist China (Duke UP, 2010), analyzes urban planning, fiction, cinema, art and cultural studies in the People’s Republic of China at the turn of the 21st century.


Ph.D., Columbia University

Research Groups and Interests

Comparative Literature