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Gonçalo SANTOS is a Joint Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong in 2013, he was an LSE Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2007-2011) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale (2011-2013). His work on contemporary China explores new approaches to questions of modernity, subjectivity, and social and technological transformation. Bringing the personal and the intimate to conventional accounts of the “iron cage” of modernity, his writings offers a more human-centered perspective on the major social and technological forces shaping the contemporary world.

Dr. Santos’ research has featured in leading journals such as Current Anthropology, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Family History, and Technology and Culture (forthcoming). He is the co-editor of Chinese Kinship (Routledge, 2009) and Transforming Patriarchy (U of Washington Press, 2017). He is also the co-editor of “Love, Marriage, and Intimate Citizenship in contemporary China and India” (Modern Asian Studies, 2016). His second monograph - entitled Intimate Modernities. Reassembling Love, Marriage, and Family Life in Rural South China 1970s-2010s - is under contract with the University of Washington Press. It will be the first ethnography of a South Chinese rural community based on two decades of longitudinal research. His first monograph focused on the history of anthropology, racial science, and imperialism in Western Europe, reflecting his interdisciplinary training in socio-cultural anthropology and social studies of science and technology.


Dr. Santos’ research has received grants and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, British Academy, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, amongst other international organizations.