Assistant Professor

Institutional Affiliation

University of Northern Colorado
Department of History


Ph.D., History, Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests

Modern Chinese history
Gender history
Urban culture
Theater and performance

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia
History and Modern Culture


Jiacheng Liu specializes on social and cultural history of modern China, with particular emphasis on the subfields of gender, urban culture, theatre and performance. Her current book project explores how actresses, previously banned by the Qing dynasty, entered into a male-dominated profession, reshaped the theatre repertoire and performance, and negotiated the social norms of gender and sexuality on and off stage. It highlights the role of actresses and their performance in creating “alternative modernities” as a process of indigenization and hybridization.

Selected Publications

“Transgressive Female Roles and the Embodiment of Actresses in 1910s Beijing” Twentieth Century China 41:1, January 2016