Professor Wanning Sun

Wanning Sun is Deputy Director at UTS:ACRI and a Professor of Media and Communication in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS. A fellow of Australian Academy of the Humanities since 2016, she is currently a member of the ARC College of Experts (2020-2023). As an academic researcher, Professor Sun is best known for her ethnography of rural-to-urban migration in China, and for her study of transnational and diasporic Chinese media. She has produced a significant body of research on the politics of inequality in China. This work can be found in Maid in China: Media, Morality and the Cultural Politics of Boundaries (Routledge, 2009), Subaltern China: Rural Migrants, Media and Cultural Practices (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and her co-edited volume, Love Stories in China: The Politics of Intimacy in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2020). Her latest book on this topic is Love Troubles: Inequality in China and Its Intimate Consequences (Bloomsbury, 2023). Over the past two decades, she has spearheaded global diasporic Chinese-language media as an distinct area of research, with the publications of her first book Leaving China: Media, Migration, and Transnational Imagination (Routledge, 2002), and three edited books on this topic. Professor Sun also writes a column for Crikey.