Dr Derek Hird
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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
Co-founder of Queer China Working Group Research
On masculinities and consumerism in China for Ogilvy & Mather, Shanghai