Xin Peng is a doctoral candidate in Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. She works on the intersection of interwar American film history, media technologies, and critical race theories. Her dissertation examines the ways in which racial and orientalist thinking informed and 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) and is accepted to Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies for publication. She is the recipient of Elizabeth Kerr Macfarlane Endowed Scholarship and Joff Hanauer for Excellence in Western Civilization Graduate Fellowship in 2020-21. Her works can be seen in the Women Film Pioneers Project and New Review of Film and Television Studies. She is the managing editor of Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal (2020-21).
- Ellen Chang and Xin Peng Awarded Funding for Simpson Center's Graduate Research Cluster - June 25, 2020
- Xin Peng awarded the Macfarlane Scholarship - May 18, 2020
- Xin Peng's essay wins Graduate Essay Award - March 5, 2020
- Xin Peng's essay on Yan Shanshan now available on Women Film Pioneer Project - February 12, 2020