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 also directed the International Studies, Asian Studies, and Sociology graduate programs. He also holds the positions of Distinguished Guest Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai and Honorary Research Fellows at the Institute of Economics of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, and the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Chen has served on the editorial board of the journal City & Community and is currently 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-editor of and contributor to Global Cities, Local Streets: Everyday Diversity from New York to Shanghai (in press). He is currently leading the editing of and also contributing to The Research Handbook on Asian Cities (Edward Elgar, forthcoming). He has also published over 80 journal articles, book chapters, and scholarly essays.
See his extended bio and Curriculum Vitae.
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Chen, Xiangming and Nick Bacon (Trinity Class '10), editors. 2013. Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England's Forgotten Cities. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
*Paperback to be released in March 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 2016.
See the book flyer
The Chinese 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 the book flyer
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 book flyer
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.
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. 2013. “Borderlands and Migration: An Overview
.” In Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
, edited by Immanuel Ness. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (February): 1-5.
Chen, Xiangming and Tomas de'Medici (Trinity Class '11). 2010. “The 'Instant City' Coming of Age: The Production of Spaces in China's Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.” Urban Geography 31 (8): 1141-1147.
- Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Urban Studies, Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, 2010-present.
- International Advisory Board, Journal of Borderlands Studies, 2009-present.
- Editorial Board, City & Community, 2006-2009.
- Distinguished Guest Professor, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University, Shanghai, 2006-present.
- Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Economics, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, 2006-present.
- 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