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About Hui Wilcox, PhD

Born and raised in a rapidly changing China, Hui Wilcox received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2004 from the University of Minnesota. Since then, she has been teaching at St. Catherine University and dancing/researching with Ananya Dance Theatre, a Twin Cities-based dance company based that has built a transnational women-of-color feminist contemporary dance aesthetics. Her research has been focused on sociology of dance especially in connection to immigrant identities, race/ethnicity, multiculturalism, and transnational feminism. She has also published research in critical food studies, feminist pedagogy/epistemology, and East African cultural studies. Wilcox is currently researching the historical contexts and socio-political implications of Ethiopian cultural performance, both in Ethiopia and its diaspora. 


Present Professor, Sociology, St. Catherine University Sociology Department

Curriculum Vitae


2019 - Present Claiming Culture, Community, and Wellbeing: Older Chinese Americans in Minnesota
Role: Principal Investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2021 - Present Board member, Chinese American Association of Minnesota, Chinese Dance Theater
2019 - Present Committee Member, Global Studies Advisory Group, St. Catherine University
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Honors and Awards

  • Center for Women Research and Creative Work Award 2020


  • Social Theory
  • Women's Issues, Global Perspectives
  • Global Arts and Social Justice
  • Asian American Identities
  • Family, Identity, Inequality
  • Principles and Concepts of Sociology


2004 PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota ‐ Sociology
1998 MA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota ‐ Sociology

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6707


Publications (9)

Grants (1)

Public Speaking (2)

Creative Works (1)