Faculty & Staff
Leslie K. Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
Areas of Expertise
Gender; Family; Globalization/Transnationalism; Qualitative Methods; Asia/Asian America
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Professional Publications & Contributions
Wang, Leslie. Forthcoming. “‘Leftover Women’ and ‘Kings of the Candy Shop’: Gendering Chinese American Ancestral Homeland Migration to China.” American Behavioral Scientist, special issue on gender and migration.
Wang, Leslie. 2016. Outsourced Children: Orphanage Care and Adoption in Globalizing China. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
Wang, Leslie. 2016. “The Benefits of In-Betweenness: Return Migration of Second-Generation Chinese American Professionals to China.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42(12): 1941-1958.
Wang, Leslie. 2016. “Producing Global Adoptability of Special Needs Children in China.” positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, 24(1): 129-154.
Wang, Leslie K., Iris Chin Ponte, and Elizabeth Weber Ollen. 2015. "Letting her go: Western adoptive families' search and reunion with Chinese birth parents." Adoption Quarterly 18 (1): 45-66.
Wang, Leslie. “Unequal Logics of Care: Gender, Globalization and Volunteer Work of Expatriate Wives in China.” 2013. Gender & Society 27 (2): 538 - 560.
Wang, Leslie. “Importing Western Childhoods into a Chinese State-Run Orphanage.” 2010. Qualitative Sociology 33 (2): 137-159.
Ponte, Iris, Leslie Wang, and Serena Fan. “Returning to China: The Experiences of Adopted Chinese Children and Their Parents.” 2010. Adoption Quarterly 13 (2): 100-124.
Wang, Leslie. “Missing Girls in an Age of ‘High Quality’: Government Control Over
Population and Daughter Discrimination in Reform-Era China.” 2009. Social Transformations in Chinese Societies 4: 245-270.
Jacobs, Debra, Iris Ponte, and Leslie Wang (Eds.) 2010. From Home to Homeland: What Adoptive Families Need to Know Before Making a Return Trip to China, St. Paul, MN: Yeong and Yeong Book Company.
View Professor Wang's Curriculum Vitae
Leslie Wang's research centers on issues of gender, family, and migration that connect Mainland China with the global north. Her book Outsourced Children: Orphanage Care and Adoption in Globalizing China was recently published by Stanford University Press. The book examines the movement of certain children — primarily girls and special needs youth — between families, institutions, and nations, within the context of China’s rapid global economic rise. Drawing from a year and a half of ethnographic fieldwork with two international humanitarian organizations, it is the first systematic study of daily life in Chinese state-run orphanages. Currently, Dr. Wang is studying aspects of return migration to China, including the experiences of second-generation Chinese American professionals working in China and the issue of “satellite babies,” or infants who are born in the United States but sent back to China to be cared for by grandparents until they are ready to attend school.