Professor Lingzhen Wang's areas of expertise include modern Chinese literature and culture, Gender Studies, Feminist Theory, and Chinese cinema. Her current book project, Women Directing Films: History, Cinematic Authorship, and Feminisms in Modern China, focuses on gender and Chinese visual modernity, examining particularly the role of female film directors in constructing mainstream Chinese cinema and/or negotiating gendered and different spaces in the second half of the twentieth century. With emphatic attention to social and historical conditions and transformations in modern China, the project also critically reexamines existing feminist theories of gender and cinema, questioning and revising the prevalent Western feminist approaches to women directors and visual culture that are based on binary models of "sexual difference."
Other Genders, Other Sexualities: Chinese Differences (guest editor), a special issue of Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies (Duke University Press, 2013)
Chinese Women’s Cinema: Transnational Contexts (editor) (Columbia University Press, 2011)
Years of Sadness (Translation Anthology of Wang Anyi’s Autobiographical Works), (editor and co-translator with Mary Ann O’Donnell) (2009, Cornell East Asian Press)
Personal Matters: Women's Autobiographical Practice in Twentieth Century China. (Stanford University Press, August 2004)