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I obtained an MA (Hons) in Chinese (1999) and an MSc (Res) on domestic violence and women's rights in contemporary China (2003) from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD on white-collar men and masculinities in contemporary urban China (2009) from the University of Westminster.

At undergraduate level, I teach Chinese language and Chinese cultural studies, covering the history, politics, art and literature of China. I am the module leader for the core Chinese modules for first-year students. I also lead and teach an undergraduate module on gender. 

At postgraduate level, I lead and teach on the core theory module on the MRes Translating Cultures, for which I am also course leader. 

I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and theses on Chinese culture, gender and sexuality, and more widely on issues around culture and translation. 

Current research interests:

Chinese men and masculinities in China and the UK, especially professional/ white-collar/ middle-class masculinities

Queer culture in China 

Mental health and well-being of Chinese migrants to the UK

Masculinities and intimate partner violence in China 

Research Group: 

Asian Studies

Collaborations: 

Co-founder of Queer China Working Group Research

Consultancy: 

On masculinities and consumerism in China for Ogilvy & Mather, Shanghai

2017

Book Review: Tiantian Zheng. Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China (2017)
Hird, D. 2017. Book Review: Tiantian Zheng. Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China. The China Journal. 78, pp. 184-186.

2016

Moral Masculinities: Ethical Self-fashionings of Professional Chinese Men in London (2016)
Hird, D. 2016. Moral Masculinities: Ethical Self-fashionings of Professional Chinese Men in London. Nan Nü. 18 (1), pp. 115-147.

2014

Book review: Marc L. Moskowitz. Go nation: Chinese masculinities and the game of Weiqi in China (2014)
Hird, D. 2014. Book review: Marc L. Moskowitz. Go nation: Chinese masculinities and the game of Weiqi in China. China Quarterly. 217, pp. 266-267.
Book review: Masculinities in Chinese History, written by Bret Hinsch (2014)
Hird, D. 2014. Book review: Masculinities in Chinese History, written by Bret Hinsch. NAN Nü. 16 (2), pp. 376-380.

2012

Book review: Giovanni Vitiello. The libertine's friend: homosexuality and masculinity in late imperial China (2012)
Hird, D. 2012. Book review: Giovanni Vitiello. The libertine's friend: homosexuality and masculinity in late imperial China. H-Histsex: H-Net reviews.

2011

Book review: Chinese male homosexualities: Memba, Tongzhi and golden boy. Travis S. K. Kong (2011)
Hird, D. 2011. Book review: Chinese male homosexualities: Memba, Tongzhi and golden boy. Travis S. K. Kong. China Quarterly. 205, pp. 184-186.

2008

Masculine men (2008)
Hird, D. 2008. Masculine men. China Review. 42, p. 17.

2004

Combating domestic violence in China: contemporary strategies of the women's federation (2004)
Hird, D. 2004. Combating domestic violence in China: contemporary strategies of the women's federation. NIASnytt Asia Insights. 1, pp. 14-15.

2017

The masculinities perspective anti-domestic violence legislation ought to have ('Fan jiabao' lifa ying you de nanxing qizhi shijiao) (2017)
Hird, D. 2017. The masculinities perspective anti-domestic violence legislation ought to have ('Fan jiabao' lifa ying you de nanxing qizhi shijiao). in: Aresu, A. and Hester, M. (ed.) Violence and abuse in contemporary China London Routledge.
Men, masculinities and violence against women in China (2017)
Hird, D. 2017. Men, masculinities and violence against women in China. in: Aresu, A. and Hester, M. (ed.) Violence and abuse in contemporary China London Routledge.

2016

Making class and gender: White-collar men in postsocialist China (2016)
Hird, D. 2016. Making class and gender: White-collar men in postsocialist China. in: Louie, K. (ed.) Changing Chinese Masculinities: from Imperial Pillars of State to Global Real Men Hong Kong Hong Kong University Press. pp. 137-156

2014

Men, domestic violence and the law: constructions of masculinities in popular, activist and academic discourses (2014)
Hird, D. 2014. Men, domestic violence and the law: constructions of masculinities in popular, activist and academic discourses. in: Pan, S. and Huang, Y. (ed.) Sexuality Research in China 34 (Xia) Kaohsiung Baijun wenhua chubanshe. pp. 85-118

2013

Masculinities at work (2013)
Hird, D. 2013. Masculinities at work. in: Hird, D. and Geng, S. (ed.) Men and masculinities in contemporary China Brill.
Masculinities at leisure (2013)
Hird, D. 2013. Masculinities at leisure. in: Hird, D. and Geng, S. (ed.) Men and masculinities in contemporary China Brill.
Masculinities at home (2013)
Hird, D. 2013. Masculinities at home. in: Hird, D. and Geng, S. (ed.) Men and masculinities in contemporary China Brill.

2012

The paradox of pluralisation: masculinities, androgyny and male anxiety in contemporary China (2012)
Hird, D. 2012. The paradox of pluralisation: masculinities, androgyny and male anxiety in contemporary China. in: Aggleton, P., Boyce, P., Moore, H.L. and Parker, R. (ed.) Understanding global sexualities: new frontiers London Routledge. pp. 49-65

2009

The sexual ambiguities of white-collar masculinity (2009)
Hird, D. 2009. The sexual ambiguities of white-collar masculinity. in: Pan, S. and Huang, Y. (ed.) Sexuality research in China Kaohsiung Wan you chubanshe.

2015

Chinese men in London: narratives of masculinity in a transnational world (2015)
Hird, D. 2015. Chinese men in London: narratives of masculinity in a transnational world. Interdisciplinary Explorations of China’s Changing Gender Dynamics 1900-2015. Leiden University, the Netherlands 23 Oct 2015
Flexible masculinities: professional men from China in the UK (2015)
Hird, D. 2015. Flexible masculinities: professional men from China in the UK. Gender, Sexuality, and the Making of the Human Subject in Modern China. University of Warwick meeting rooms at The Shard, London 18 Jun 2015
Transnational Chinese masculinities and the rise of China: professional mainland Chinese men in the UK (2015)
Hird, D. 2015. Transnational Chinese masculinities and the rise of China: professional mainland Chinese men in the UK. Global sexualities, queer ambiguities. Oxford University 28 May 2015
Transnational Chinese masculinities and the rise of China: professional mainland Chinese men in the UK (2015)
Hird, D. 2015. Transnational Chinese masculinities and the rise of China: professional mainland Chinese men in the UK. American Men's Studies Association 23rd Interdisciplinary Conference. New York, USA 05 Mar 2015

2014

Diasporic Chinese masculinities and the rise of China: professional Chinese men in the UK (2014)
Hird, D. 2014. Diasporic Chinese masculinities and the rise of China: professional Chinese men in the UK. Translating Chinese Masculinities: Chinese Men in Global Contexts. University of Hong Kong 12 Dec 2014
Smile yourself happy: the spread of ‘positive energy’ in China (2014)
Hird, D. 2014. Smile yourself happy: the spread of ‘positive energy’ in China. Happiness as political and ideological category in today’s China. University of Westminster, London 07 Nov 2014
Making class and gender: white-collar men in contemporary China (2014)
Hird, D. 2014. Making class and gender: white-collar men in contemporary China. Emerging ideas in masculinity research - Masculinity studies in the North. University of Iceland, Reykjavik 04 Jun 2014
East Palace West Palace (2014)
Hird, D. 2014. East Palace West Palace. Chinese Film and the Medical Humanities workshop. University College London 23 Feb 2014

2013

Men, masculinities and the world of romance in China’. Panel on ‘From dating to divorce’ (2013)
Hird, D. 2013. Men, masculinities and the world of romance in China’. Panel on ‘From dating to divorce’. Chinese Visual Festival. King’s College, University of London, U.K. May 2013
Class and gender: the formation of white-collar masculinities in contemporary China (2013)
Hird, D. 2013. Class and gender: the formation of white-collar masculinities in contemporary China. International Conference on Chinese Masculinities on the Move. University of Hong Kong 28 Nov 2013
Men, domestic violence and the law: constructions of masculinities in popular, activist and academic discourses (2013)
Hird, D. 2013. Men, domestic violence and the law: constructions of masculinities in popular, activist and academic discourses. Fourth International Conference for Research on Chinese Sexuality. Renmin University, Beijing 21 Jun 2013
Uzbek youth fashion in local and global perspective (2013)
Waters, E., Hird, D. and Wagner, R. 2013. Uzbek youth fashion in local and global perspective. Conference on Continuity and Modernity on the Great Silk Road. Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies with University of Cambridge March 2013
Class and gender: the formation of white-collar masculinities in contemporary China (2013)
Hird, D. 2013. Class and gender: the formation of white-collar masculinities in contemporary China. International Conference on Chinese Masculinities on the Move. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong November 2013

2012

Men, masculinities and intimate partner violence in China (2012)
Hird, D. 2012. Men, masculinities and intimate partner violence in China. Developing China Seminar Series. Lau China Institute, King’s College, London, U.K. October 2012

2011

The paradox of pluralisation: men, masculinities and power in contemporary China (2011)
Hird, D. 2011. The paradox of pluralisation: men, masculinities and power in contemporary China. VIII Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society. Madrid, Spain 6th - 9th July 2011
The domination of men: masculinities, sexualities and power in contemporary China (2011)
Hird, D. 2011. The domination of men: masculinities, sexualities and power in contemporary China. China Seminar Series. University of Nottingham 18th October 2011
White-collar men and symbolic violence against women in postsocialist China (2011)
Hird, D. 2011. White-collar men and symbolic violence against women in postsocialist China. Conference on ‘Changing approaches to gender, sexuality and violence in contemporary China - issues and effects’. Centre for Gender & Violence Research, University of Bristol June 2011
Masculinities and androgyny in contemporary China (2011)
Hird, D. 2011. Masculinities and androgyny in contemporary China. European Geographies of Sexualities Conference. Hogeschool-Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium. 8th - 10th September 2011
Anxious men and the recuperation of masculinity in contemporary China (2011)
Hird, D. 2011. Anxious men and the recuperation of masculinity in contemporary China. The China in Focus Seminar Series. University of Warwick 18th November 2011

2010

A chronology of male beauties: imagined histories of metrosexuality in China (2010)
Hird, D. 2010. A chronology of male beauties: imagined histories of metrosexuality in China. 8th European Social Science History Conference. Ghent, Belgium 13 - 16 Apr 2010
Contesting norms of white-collar masculinity: gay metrosexuals and homosocial yingchou in contemporary China (2010)
Hird, D. 2010. Contesting norms of white-collar masculinity: gay metrosexuals and homosocial yingchou in contemporary China. Contemporary China Centre Workshop on ‘Changing Subjects: Male Sexualities and Masculinities in Asia. University of Westminster November 2010

2009

Xiaofei ziyou? Dangdai Zhongguo nanxing bailing de 'sexualities' (Consumer freedoms? White-collar male sexualities in contemporary China) (2009)
Hird, D. 2009. Xiaofei ziyou? Dangdai Zhongguo nanxing bailing de 'sexualities' (Consumer freedoms? White-collar male sexualities in contemporary China). Second International Conference for Research on Chinese Sexuality. Beijing, P.R. China 18 - 20 Jun 2009
White-collar men's sexual lives in contemporary China (2009)
Hird, D. 2009. White-collar men's sexual lives in contemporary China. Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference. Manchester, UK 26 - 28 Aug 2009
White-collar men and masculinites in contemporary urban China (2009)
Hird, D. 2009. White-collar men and masculinites in contemporary urban China. Anthropology of East and Inner Asia Seminar Series. London School of Economics, UK October 2009
Sexualising the white-collar man (2009)
Hird, D. 2009. Sexualising the white-collar man. VII Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society. Hanoi, Vietnam 15 - 18 Apr 2009
Model masculinites: from Mao's macho men to middle-class metrosexuals (2009)
Hird, D. 2009. Model masculinites: from Mao's macho men to middle-class metrosexuals. Asian Studies Seminar on 'Art, Language and Culture in China: reflections on culture and society on the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic. University of Westminster, UK 1 October 2009
Methodological minefields: theory, ethnography and white-collar masculinities in China (2009)
Hird, D. 2009. Methodological minefields: theory, ethnography and white-collar masculinities in China. Area Studies Research Seminar Series. University of Westminster, UK November 2009

2013

Men and masculinities in contemporary China (2013)
Hird, D. and Geng, S. 2013. Men and masculinities in contemporary China. Brill.

2009

White-collar men and masculinities in contemporary urban China (2009)
Hird, D. 2009. White-collar men and masculinities in contemporary urban China. PhD thesis University of Westminster School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages

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