Dr Maria Jaschok

Director of the International Gender Studies Centre, Lady Margaret Hall


Dr Jaschok’s research interests are in the areas of religion, gender and agency; gendered constructions of memory; feminist ethnographic practice; and marginality and identity in contemporary China. She is involved in ongoing collaborative research projects in central China, addressing issues of religious and secular identity, and the implications of growing female membership of both officially sanctioned religions and local cults for women’s participation in, and contribution to, civil society.


  • Religion and gender in contemporary Chinese society
  • Ethnic minorities and state education in China
  • Religion in rural Chinese culture
  • Women's organisations and political activism in China
  • Development and religion in modern China

Media experience

Dr Jaschok has experience of working with the media.