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Faculty and Staff Profile

Yi Wu

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Office: 137 Brackett Hall
Phone: (864) 656-3823

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
Columbia University 2010

M.A. Cultural Anthropology
State University of New York at Binghamton 1996

B.A. Philosophy
Renmin University of China 1989

 Courses Taught

Introduction to Anthropology (four-field approach)
Law, Culture, and Society
The Anthropology of Food


I am a cultural anthropologist interested in the interrelations among law, culture, and society, as well as issues related to development and sustainability in developing countries. My geographic specialization is China. Sponsored by the Law and Social Science Program of the NSF and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, I conducted fieldwork in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan and investigated how local governments, village communities, and rural households have contested and negotiated land rights at the grassroots level and thereby transformed the structure of the current rural land ownership in China.

 Research Interests

Legal anthropology, property studies, socialist and postsocialist transformation, rural development, food studies, China, East Asian societies.

 Research Publications

2016. Yi Wu
Negotiating Rural Land Ownership in Southwest China: State, Village, Family (A Study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University). University of Hawaii Press.

2016. Yi Wu
"Land Rights, Political Differentiation, and China's Changing Land Market: Bounded Collectivism and Contemporary Village Administration." The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 14, Issue 1, No. 4, January 1, 2016

2014. Yi Wu
"Bounded Collectivism: Approaching Rural Land Rights and Labor Through 'Natural Villages' in Southwest China." The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 31, No. 3, August 4, 2014.