Dr Josh Stenberg
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Dr Josh Stenberg

PhD (Nanjing)
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies
+61 2 8627 5844
A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney
Dr Josh Stenberg

Josh Stenberg obtained his B.A. from Harvard College, his M.A. from the University of British Columbia, and his PhD in Chinese Theatre from Nanjing University. He was a Fulbright Taiwan fellow and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in Theatre and Film before taking up his current position at the University of Sydney.

Research interests:

  • Contemporary xiqu in the Chinese World
  • Contemporary Sinophone Fiction and Poetry
  • Theatre and Performance of Chinese Communities Abroad
  • Sino-Indonesian Literature, Performance and Culture
  • Chinese Translation Studies
  • Global Reception of Chinese Theatre


  • Contemporary xiqu
  • Contemporary Fiction and Poetry in the Chinese World
  • Chinese Culture in Southeast Asia
  • Chinese-English Literary Translation
  • Internationalisation of Chinese Theatre
  • Sino-Indonesian Theatre and Performance
  • Xiqu as a Global Genre
  • Contemporary Southern Fujian and Taiwanese Theatre
  • Contemporary Sino-Indonesian Literature
  • Translation of Chen Xue’s Child on the Bridge and Su Tong’s short fiction
  • 2015-16,Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, held at UBC, Dept. of Theatre and Film.
  • 2016,Henry Luce Foundation Chinese Poetry Translation Fellowship,to be held at Vermont Studio Centre, paired with Jiang Tao, in July 2017.
  • 2016,AAS China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) Small Grants, Association for Asian Studies,for the project “Chinese Performance Networks across the South China Sea: A Regional View.”
  • 2014-15,Fulbright Taiwan, Fellow, held at National Taiwan College of Performing Arts (NTCPA), Taipei.
  • 2014,Zhejiang Province Funded Project (Philosophy and Social Sciences),Sub-project investigator. “Diffusion of Southern Drama Abroad.”
  • 2014,Yu Pang-lin Scholarship, Nanjing University,awarded by the Yu Pang-lin Foundation to an outstanding international student at Nanjing University.
  • 2014,Emerging Scholar, Association for Asian Performance, for the paper “Sketches Towards an Indies and IndonesianxiquHistory."
Project titleResearch student
Traveling for a Brand New World: Transnational Mobility of Queer Characters in Sinophone LiteratureHuei-ling CHEN
Theatre as Business: A study on Shanxi merchants' sponsorship of theatrical performance in late imperial ChinaYunjie HU
Fight Silent Battles: Chinese Australian Women Writers' Literary Works from 1994 to 2014Su YE
Money Talks: household finances, intimacy and cultural negotiation in Chinese-Australian couples/familiesGiselle ZOU


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Selected Grants


  • Burmese Language Training, Stenberg J, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre/Language Training Grant

Selected grants

  • 2019,The David Philips Travelling Fellowship, Australian Academy of the Humanities.
  • 2019, Research Grant for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies, National Central Library (Taiwan).
  • 2017, Henry Luce Foundation Chinese Poetry and Translation Fellow, Vermont Studio Center, with poet Jiang Tao.
  • 2018, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre Workshop Grant (with Stephen Whitehead and Kyoto University Centre for Southeast Asian Studies), Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, The University of Sydney.
  • 2018, Centre in China Conference Funding (with Xiaohuan Zhao), China Studies Centre, The University of Sydney
  • 2018, Faculty Research Support Scheme, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney
  • 2018, Research Incubator Grant, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney
  • 2017, Research Cluster Grant, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, The University of Sydney