Erique Zhang

Erique Zhang (they/she) is a PhD student in the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern University’s School of Communication. Their research interests include the cultural production of women of color and transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) individuals. Erique is especially interested in the beauty, lifestyle, and fashion communities on video-sharing and social media platforms such as YouTube and Instagram, and the ways in which women of color and TGNC content creators in these communities engage with questions about race, gender, and representation. Erique holds a BFA in Studio Art and MA in Visual Culture: Costume Studies, both from New York University.

Selected Publications
  1. Billard, T. J., & Zhang, E. (Forthcoming). Towards a transgender critique of media representation. Journal of Cinema and Media Studies.
  2. Zhang, E. (2021). Social media influencers. In A. E. Goldberg & G. Beemyn (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of trans studies. SAGE Publications, Inc.
  3. Zhang, E. (2020). Fashion as collective action. Fashion Studies Journal.
  4. Billard, T. J., Abbot, T. B., Haimson, O. L., Whipple, K. N., Whitestone, S. B., & Zhang, E. (2020). Rethinking (and retheorizing) transgender media representation: A roundtable discussion. International Journal of Communication, 14.
  5. Zhang, E. (2016). Memoirs of a GAY! Sha: Race and gender performance on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Studies in Costume and Performance, 1(1), 59-75.