Mila Zuo, Assistant Professor
B.A (UC-Berkeley), M.A. (UCLA), Ph.D. (UCLA)
Mila Zuo is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC. Her research interests include contemporary Asian and transnational cinemas, film philosophy, acting and performance studies, star studies, digital and new media, and critical theories of gender, sexuality, and race and ethnicity. Her research can be found in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Celebrity Studies Journal, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Feminist Media Histories journal, and in various anthologies. Her forthcoming book Vulgar Beauty: Acting Chinese in the Global Sensorium focuses on the affective world-making of global Chinese women film stars. In addition to her scholarly work, Zuo writes, directs, and produces narrative films, visual essays, documentaries, and music videos. Her short film Carnal Orient (2016) premiered at Slamdance Film Festival and has screened in multiple international film festivals and universities. Zuo’s forthcoming narrative short Kin was the recipient of the 2019 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship.