Tracy Zhang, PhD
Postdoctoral fellow, Geography, Planning and Environment
Education and Biography
Tracy Zhang is a post-doctoral fellow in the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University, Montreal and holds a doctorate in Communications Studies from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Her research is situated in the fields of cultural development and feminist political economy, focusing specifically on cultural industries. Her dissertation titled Carpet Worlds: The Cultural Representation and Production of Tibetan Carpets explores how the politics of value shapes workers' lives and labor conditions in an ethnic handicraft industry. Results have appeared in Feminist Media Studies, the Journal of Material Culture, and Gender, Place, and Culture. Funded by the Quebec Research Foundation for Society and Culture, her postdoctoral project examines international recruitment practices of the North American entertainment industries, using Cirque du Soleil as a case. Focusing on the employment of Chinese acrobats, her research aims to shed light on how the Cirque recruits and manages such a culturally diverse labor force.