Dr Jenifer Chao

Job: VC2020 Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Technology

School/department: Leicester Media School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)116 257 7322

E: jenifer.chao2@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.routledge.com/authors/i16691-jenifer-chao


Personal profile

Dr Jenifer Chao is a VC2020 Senior Lecturer whose research is situated at the confluence of cultural analysis, in particular visual culture, and International Relations. It focuses on the diverse ways that politics and aesthetics converge – often with oppositional intentions – to address issues such as identity, globalization and terrorism. She is currently developing a new research project entitled "Marketing Nationhood: Cultural and Visual Politics of Reinventing Brand China.” 

Research group affiliations

Media Discourse Centre, Photographic History Research Centre

Publications and outputs 

Chao, Jenifer (2019) China's Ancient Past in Its Contemporary Art: On the Politics of Time and Nation Branding at the Venice Biennale. Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 6.2 &3: 321-341.  https://doi.org/10.1386/jcca_00010_1

Chao, Jenifer (2018) Cultural Resistance, 9/11 and the War on Terror: Sensible Interventions. London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Cultural-Resistance-9-11-and-the-War-on-Terror-Sensible-Interventions/Chao/p/book/9781138710887

Chao, Jenifer (2018) Faces of the Enemy: Visualising the Taliban in a Photography Studio. Media, War & Conflict 12.1:30-49.  http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1750635217714015

Chao, Jenifer (2016) The Ignorant Hip-Hop Artist? Political Rap Encounters Jacques Rancière. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 30.6: 754-763.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2016.1231792

Chao, Jenifer (2015) Oppositional Banality: Watching Ordinary Muslims in Little Mosque on the Prairie. NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies 4.1: 27-45. http://dx.doi.org/10.5117/NECSUS2015.1.CHAO

Research interests/expertise

  • Politics & aesthetics 
  • Cultural resistance
  • Nation branding
  • (Chinese) Nationalism and national identity
  • Visual culture (photography and photojournalism)
  • Cultural and critical theories (Rancière, Badiou)
  • 9/11 and the war on terror

Areas of teaching

Third-year Dissertaton 

First-year and second-year journalism modules

Media Studies

Photography and Global conflicts 


PhD in Cultural Analysis
Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

MA in English Language and Culture
Cum laude
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands 

BA in International Relations
University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Courses taught

JOUR 1004, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 3000


Membership of professional associations and societies

Art and Politics Specialist Group of the UK Political Studies Association and British International Studies Association 

Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis

Professional esteem indicators

Reviewer for NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies

DMU Vice-Chancellor’s Future Research Leaders Programme, 2017-2018


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