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Xin Peng

Graduate Student

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PDL B-534


M.A., Humanities (Cinema and Media Studies), University of Chicago, 2016
B.A., Cultural Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2015

Xin Peng is a doctoral candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. She works on the intersection of interwar American film history, media archaeology, and critical race theories. Her dissertation examines the ways in which racial or orientalist thinking informed and even constituted the early theorization of the ontology of cinema, development of media technologies, and formation of cinematic aesthetics. Her essay, "When East Meets East: Racial Performance, Ornamentalism, and Voice in Daughter of the Dragon (1931)," won the 2020 Transnational Cinemas Scholarly Interest Group Graduate Essay Award at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS). She is the recipient of Elizabeth Kerr Macfarlane Endowed Scholarship in 2020-21. Her works can be seen in the Women Film Pioneers Project ( and New Review of Film and Television Studies