About the Dean and Director

 Xiangming Chen

Xiangming Chen
Dean and Director, Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS)
Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Global Urban Studies and Sociology
Xiangming Chen has been serving as the founding Dean and Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) at Trinity College since July 1, 2007.  Chen leads CUGS in developing and strengthening meaningful and synergistic linkages of teaching, research, and service in urban and global studies, broadly defined, between Trinity’s academic programs and its various forms of experiential learning on campus, in Hartford, and globally.
A native of Beijing, China, Chen graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University and received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University.  From 1989 to 2007, he served as Assistant to Full Professor of Sociology with adjunct appointments in Political Science and Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he directed the International Studies, Asian Studies, and Sociology graduate programs.  He also holds the positions of Distinguished Guest Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Urban Studies of Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, and Global Fellow at IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.  Chen has served on the editorial board of the journal City & Community and on the international advisory board of Journal of Borderlands Studies.  He was elected to and served as President of the North American Chinese Sociologists Association during 1998-2000 and on the Council for the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association during 2002-2005. He served as a Visiting Professor of Sociology at Yale University in spring 2013.
Chen received fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Sociological Association, the Open Society Institute, and Harvard University. His research focuses on the comparative and transnational facets of global-urban relations in the local and regional contexts of China and Asia.  He is the co-author of The World of Cities: Places in Comparative and Historical Perspective (2003), the author of As Borders Bend: Transnational Spaces on the Pacific Rim (2005), the editor of and the primary contributor to Shanghai Rising: State Power and Local Transformations in a Global Megacity (2009), the co-editor of and a main contributor to Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities (2012), a co-author of Introduction to Cities: How Place and Space Shape Human Experience (2012), the lead editor of and a contributor to Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England's Forgotten Cities (2013), and a co-author of and contributor to Global Cities, Local Streets: Everyday Diversity from New York to Shanghai (2015). He is currently leading the editing of and also contributing to The Research Handbook on Asian Cities (Edward Elgar, forthcoming). He is also working on a book project on China's extensive and ever growing influence in a number of sectors and cities across various developing countries, and how this dynamic can reshape the global development trajectory, economic order, and governance system (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, forthcoming). He has published over 80 journal articles, book chapters, and scholarly essays.

See his  extended bio and Curriculum Vitae.


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Sharon, Zukin, Philip Kasinitz, and Xiangming Chen. 2015.Global Cities, Local Streets: Everyday Diversity from New York to Shanghai. New York: Routledge. 

The book's companion website is here

*A Chinese edition was be published by Tongji Unviersity Press in October 2016. A detailed introduction in Chinese to the Chinese edition is here.  

Chen, Xiangming  and Nick Bacon (Trinity Class '10), editors.  2013.  Confronting Urban Legacy:  Rediscovering Hartford and New England's Forgotten CitiesLanham, MD:  Lexington Books.

*Paperback released in April 2015. 


Chen, Xiangming, Anthony M. Orum, and Krista Paulsen. 2012. Introduction to Cities: How Place and Space Shape Human Experience. London: Wiley-Blackwell. 

*Second edition forthcoming in 2017. 

**The Chinese translation of the second edition will be published by Fudan University Press. 

Chen, Xiangming and Ahmed Kanna, editors. 2012. Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities. New York: Routledge. 

*Paperback released in 2013.   

**See an article in The European Financial Review about this book.   


Chen, Xiangming, editor and primary contributor. 2009. Shanghai Rising: State Power and Local Transformations in a Global Megacity. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.  


*See the flyer for the Chinese Edition (published by the Century Publishing Group and People's Press of Shanghai, 2009).  


Chen, Xiangming. 2005. As Borders Bend: Transnational Spaces on the Pacific Rim. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.  




Orum, Anthony M. and Xiangming Chen. 2003. The World of Cities: Places in Comparative    and Historical Perspective. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. 


  *The Chinese edition was published by the Century Publishing Group and People's Press of Shanghai in  2005.



Chen, Xiangming, 2016. "Promoting and Scaling up Cooperative Urban Development: A Perspective from the People's Republic of China via Yunnan Province." Pp. 227-249 in Urban Development in the Greater Mekong Subregion, edited by Florian Steinberg and Januar Hakim. Manila: Asian Development Bank.

Huang, Zhengli and Xiangming Chen. 2016. "Is China Building Africa?" The European Financial Review (June/July): 41-47.

Ogan, Taylor Lynch (Trinity Class '18) and Xiangming Chen 2016. "The Rise of Shenzhen and BYD--How a Chinese Corproate Pioneer is Leading Greener and More Sustainable Transportation and Development." The European Financial Review (February/March): 32-39.

Chen, Xiangming and Yuan Ren. 2016. "Modernity and Globalization: The Local and Global Sources of Individualistic and Materialistic Values in Shanghai." Globalizations 13 (1): 16-31.

Chen, Xiangming and Julia Mardeusz (Trinity Class '16). 2015. "China and Europe: Reconnecting Across a New Silk Road." The European Financial Review (February/March): 5-12.

Chen, Xiangming and Ivan Su (Trinity Class '16). 2014. "A Different Global Power? Understanding China's Role in the Developing World." The European Financial Review (June/July): 2-7.

Chen, Xiangming, Pallavi Banerjee, Gaurav Toor (Trinity Class '14), and Ned Downie (Yale Class '14). 2014. "China and South Asia: Contention and Cooperation Between Giant Neighbors." The European Financial Review (April/May): 10-16.

Cities of the Global South.” In The Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South, edited by Susan Parnell and
Sophie Oldfield, pp. 155-172. London and New York: Routledge.
Chen, Xiangming and Henry Fitts (Trinity Class ’12). 2013. “Contemporary Metropolitan Cities.” Pp. 770-790 in The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History, edited by Peter Clark. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


    • Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Urban Studies, Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, 2010-present.
    • International Advisory Board, Journal of Borderlands Studies, 2009-2012.
    • Editorial Board, City & Community, 2006-2009.
    • Distinguished Guest Professor, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University, Shanghai, 2006-present.
    • Adjunct Professor, Graduate School, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, 2016-.
    • Board of Trustees, Alfred Herrhausen Society, Deutsche Bank, 2006-2012.
    • Advisory Board, Urban Age Project, London School of Economics, 2005-2012.
    • Faculty Scholar, Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago, Fall, 2005.
    • Council member, the Urban and Community Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, 2002-2005.
    • Research grant, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Exchange, 1999-2001.
    • President, the North American Chinese Sociologists' Association, 1998-2000.
    • Joint Committee on Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, the American Council of Learned Societies and Social Science Research Council, 1993-1994. back to top