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Meet the Faculty

John B. Weinstein


John B. Weinstein

Chinese, Asian Studies, Theater
Division: Languages and Literature
Appointment: 2001

Professor Weinstein is currently on leave through 2014, serving as the Dean of the Early College at Bard High School Early College in Newark NJ.



PhD,MPhil and MA, Columbia University
AB,summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College

Professional History:

Bard High School Early College, New York

Areas of Interest:

Professor Weinstein teaches courses in the Chinese language, Asian studies, Asian and Western theatre, women's studies, and queer studies. His primary area of research is modern Chinese theatre and performance, with publications focusing on Republican period comic drama and contemporary Taiwan theatre. His dissertation research focused on modern Chinese comic drama, and he has directed a number of the plays from that study.

Research Interests/Professional Service:

Besides his work on Asian theater, Dr. Weinstein is also dedicated to developing new American plays and musicals; in 2003 he co-wrote and directed Remember the Women at Washington’s National Theater. A member of the Association for Asian Performance since 1998, he has been an officer for six years and was elected president in 2006. He is also active in the Association for Theater in Higher Education. Through AAP, ATHE, and other organizations, he has given numerous conference presentations, on topics ranging from multilingualism in Taiwan theater to homosexuality in Chinese literature and film. He has also presented on early college education, drawing from his work at both Simon’s Rock and Bard High School Early College, where he taught Chinese and theater in that school’s inaugural year.

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances:

His publications have appeared in the journals Asian Theater Journal, Theater Journal, China Information, and Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, online with Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, and in the recent volume Contested Modernities.


In 1997-98, he received a Fulbright grant for study in Taiwan, an experience that has led to ongoing research on Taiwan theater. In 2006, the Simon’s Rock senior class awarded Dr. Weinstein the Dr. John A. Glover Award.