Tracy Zhang is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University. Her research engages with the feminist cultural studies and political economy literature and has generated publications on cultural marketing, creative labour, the politics of value, cultural export, the English creative sectors in Quebec, and Cold War cultural diplomacy. Tracy’s ongoing research examines the transnational production of circus arts, investigating the postcolonial politics of difference, the hierarchy of performance labour, and the contradictions of cultural nationalism. In addition to academic works, Tracy is the co-producer of a documentary entitled, The Flipside: A Global Circus Story.
Before joining Queen’s, Tracy was a FQRSC postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Montreal Centre for International Studies, the University of Montreal. She was also a research associate of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University and a visiting scholar of the McGill Institute of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. In June 2015, she was selected as “a star young researcher” by the Fonds de recherché du Québec and won the award for the best original research paper from the Society and Culture Funds.