• Christina Moon

    Associate Professor of Fashion Studies


    Christina H. Moon is a fashion studies scholar and anthropologist in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design, The New School. Her research looks at the social ties and cultural encounters between design worlds and manufacturing landscapes across Asia and the Americas, exploring the memory, migration, and labor of cultural workers. She writes on fashion, design and labor, material culture, social memory, the ephemeral and everyday, and ways of knowing and representing in ethnographic practice. She is a SSRC Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellow (; GIDEST fellow ( and member of the India China Institute at The New School (, and Fashion Praxis working group at Parsons (

    Degrees Held:

    PhD, Anthropology, Yale University

    BA, Anthropology, Rutgers University

    Professional Affiliations:

    Asian American Studies Association, Association for Asian Studies, American Anthropological Association, Society for Cultural Anthropology, American Studies Association

    Recent Publications:

    2020   Labor and Creativity in New York’s Global Fashion Industry (Routledge).

    2020  The Maintenance and Preservation of Life. Vestoj: The Journal of Sartorial Matters.

    2019  Fashion and Beauty in the Time of Asia, co-editers Heijin Lee, Christina Moon, and Thuy Linh Tu (New York University Press).

    2019 Ethnographic Entanglements: memory and narrative in the New York fashion industry. In The Anthropology of Dress and Fashion. Edited by Brent Luvaas, Joanne B. Eicher. (Bloomsbury).

    2019  Made in China: Material-Meanderings of Fast-Fashion Cities. In Fashion and Materiality. Edited by H. Jenß and Viola Hofman. (Berg).

    2018  Fashion City: diasporic connections and garment industrial histories between the US and Asia. Edited by Jamie Doucette and Bae Gyun Park. Special Issue on Urban Developmentalism in East Asia: Geopolitical Economies, Spaces of Exception, and Networks of Expertise. Critical Sociology. Volume: 44 issue: 3, page(s): 519-532.

    2018  To Dwell in Seams: Fashion as Buried Forms of Diasporic Memory. Special Issue: Fashion. Anthropology News. Volume 58, Issue 5. (September/October).

    2016  American Manhood in a Suburban Pastoral. Vestoj: The Journal of Sartorial Matters. (December).

    2015  The LA Ragtrade: atlases of experience in one small blip of a place. Vestoj: The Journal of Sartorial Matters. 6 (December): 13-21.

    2015 Splurge and Purge. The Baffler. 27. Print.

    2015  Ethnographic Entanglements: memory and narrative in the New York fashion industry. In Locating Fashion Studies: Research Methods, Sites and Practices. Edited by H. Jenß, pp. 66-82. (Berg).

    2015  Colors, Patterns, Fabric and Trim: fast-fashion families in downtown Los Angeles. In Speculation Now: Essays and Artwork on Action and Discourse in a World of Contingencies and Change. Edited by Vyjayanthi Rao, Prem Krishnamurthy and Carin Kuoni, pp. 73-85. (Duke University Press).

    Performances And Appearances:

    Research Interests:

    Design, labor and work; fashion culture industries; migration race ethnicity; material culture and cultural studies; fashion and the body; cities and urban ethnography; social and cultural theory, US and Asia, reading and writing.

    Awards And Honors:

    SSRC, GIDEST, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, Fulbright Program, Korea Foundation

    Current Courses:

    Ind Senior Project (Spring 2021)

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Spring 2021)

    Interpreting Fashion (Spring 2021)

    Wardrobe Stories

    Wardrobe Stories