A woman of Chinese descent with long black hair and clad in a black top.

Emily Ng

Term Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures


Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures


Milbank 317
Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30pm, and by appointment. Please schedule all office hours meetings ahead of time at: https://calendly.com/eng-bc


Emily Ng is Term Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures. Her work is situated at the intersection of psychological anthropology, medical anthropology, and the anthropology of religion, with regional attention to China. Her interests include madness and mental illness, subjectivity, religiosity, and how historical worlds and wounds reverberate across
geographies and generations. She has conducted ethnographic research in urban and rural China, with recent interests turned also toward diaspora. Her first book A Time of Lost Gods: Mediumship, Madness, and the Ghost after Mao (University of California Press, 2020) explores spirit mediumship, post-socialist cosmologies, and questions of intergenerational impasse and haunting across the temple and the clinic. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ph.D. - University of California, Berkeley, Medical Anthropology (joint program with University of California, San Francisco)
B.A. - University of California, Los Angeles, Anthropology

Medical and psychological anthropology
Anthropology of religion
Madness and mental health
Theories of subjectivity