Mary Ann O'Donnell

Shenzhen Based Artist-Ethnographer



1999     Ph.D.  Cultural Anthropology, Rice University
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. George E. Marcus

1992 M.S. Cultural Anthropology, Purdue University
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Myrdene Anderson

1987 B.A. Chinese Language and Literature, Middlebury College, Vermont
Advisors: Dr. John Berninghausen and Gregory Chiang


2011-            Contributing Editor, Architectural Worlds, School of Architecture, Shenzhen University

2008-2011     Research Fellow, Centre for Humanities Research, Lingnan University, Hong Kong 

2004-2010     Research Associate, College of Arts, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen

2003-04        Term Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences,     
                    Rhode Island School of Design

Spr 2003       Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong

2002-03        Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Shenzhen University         
                    (Graduate Seminar: Urban Sociology)

2002            Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Sum 2001    Lecturer, Anthropology, International College at Beijing (Program run by Colorado University)

2000-01       Visiting Scholar, Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women, Brown University (Seminar
                   Topic: The Question of Emotion)

Fall 2000       Course Instructor, Sino-American Relations and the New World Order, Brown Learning Community,
                    Brown University

1999-00        Postdoctoral Fellow, Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women, Brown University (Seminar
                   Topic: Culture of the Market)

1990-92        Teaching Assistant, Anthropology, Purdue University


Missouri Humanities Council and School of Arts and Science, University of Missouri (Fat Bird production: "Crossroads" A China-Missouri Encounter), 2014.

Handshake 302 (curatorial commission, Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism), 2013.

Boom! Shenzhen (curatorial commission, Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism) was selected for inclusion in the Shenzhen Biennale Office permanent collection, 2011.

2011 Citizen of the Year, Shenzhen – Hong Kong Lifestyle Awards, Nanfang Daily.

CrossCurrents Colloquium, Auburn Seminary, Columbia University, 2010.

Food-scape Cultural Exchange, Pro-Helvetia Switzerland, 2009.

Artist residency, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Dec 2008 – Jan 2009.

2nd Prize, Digital Art, Moore City Arts Council, NC, “Urbanization”, 2005.

China National Science Foundation Grant, Shenzhen University, 2001-04.

Independent Research Grant, Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, Fall 2000.

Ethics and Values Studies Grant, National Science Foundation, 1995-97.