Student Research and Publications

The Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) has invited and included more than 20 Trinity students to participate in a variety of research and writing projects since 2008. These students have helped gather information, conduct literature review, and edit manuscripts. They have also contributed their ideas and suggestions that help move the research projects forward. A growing number of these students have demonstrated such interests, commitments, and skills that they ended up as co-authors of published works. Thus far 10 students, some of whom have recently graduated, have been co-authors of 14 published articles and book chapters since 2010. These research opportunities and experiences have contributed greatly to the students’ intellectual development, analytical and writing skills, problem-solving interest and capacities, willingness to engage the real world issues, and collaborative spirit and work habits. CUGS is planning to strengthen student research in urban and global studies into a more formalized program and arrangement, both during the semester and the summer.  

Thus far, the students who have been co-authors of the published works are alphabetically by last name: Nick Bacon ’10, Tomas de’Medici ’11, Henry Fitts ’12, Chang Liu ’12, Michael Magdelinskas ’11, Julia Mardeusz '16, Taylor Ogan '18, Curtis Stone ’10, Ivan Su ’16, and Gaurav Toor ’14.

 The list of these publications (with the students’ names in bold) is as follows:

  • 2016  Taylor Ogan '18 and Xiangming Chen, "The Rise of Shenzhen and BYD--How a Chinese Corporate Pioneer is Leading Greener and More Sustainable Transportation and Development." The European Financial Review (February/March): 32-39.
  • 2015  Xiangming Chen and Julia Mardeuz '16, "China and Europe: Reconnecting Across a New Silk Road." The European Financial Review (February): 5-12.
  • 2014 Xiangming Chen and Ivan Su ‘16, “A Different Global Power? Understanding China's Role in the Developing World.The European Financial Review (June): 2-7.
  • 2014 Xiangming Chen, Pallavi Banerjee, Gaurav Toor ‘14, and Ned Downie (Yale ’14), “Chinaand South Asia: Contention and Cooperation Between Giant Neighbors.” The European Financial Review (April): 8-14.
  • 2013 Xiangming Chen and Curtis Stone ’10, “China and Southeast Asia:Unbalanced Development in the Greater Mekong Subregion.” The European Financial Review (August): 7-11.
  • 2013 Xiangming Chen and Nick Bacon ’10, editors. Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England’s Forgotten Cities. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • 2013    Nick Bacon ’10 and Xiangming Chen, “Introduction: Once Prosperous and Now Challenged: Hartford’s Transformation in Comparative and Global Perspectives.” Pp. 1-18 in Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England’s Forgotten Cities, edited by Xiangming Chen and Nick Bacon. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • 2013 Xiangming Chen and Nick Bacon ’10, “Conclusion: Inheritance, Inertia, and Inspirations: The Potential Remaking of Hartford.” Pp. 276-286 in Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England’s Forgotten Cities, edited by Xiangming Chen and Nick Bacon ‘10. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • 2013 Xiangming Chen and Henry Fitts ’12, “Contemporary Metropolitan Cities.” Pp. 770-790 in The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History, edited by Peter Clark. Oxford University Press.
  • 2012 Xiangming Chen and Tomás de’Medici ’11, “From a Fishing Village via an Instant City to a Secondary Global City: The ‘Miracle’ and Growth Pains of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in China.” Pp. 107-126 in Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities, edited by Xiangming Chen and Ahmed Kanna. New York: Routledge.
  • 2012    Chang Liu ’12 and Xiangming Chen, “The Third Coming of China’s Special Economic Zones: The Rise and Regional Dimensions of Tianjin Binhai New Area.” Pp. 127-149 in Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities, edited by Xiangming Chen and Ahmed Kanna. New York: Routledge.
  • 2012 Xiangming Chen and Michael Magdelinskass ’11, “Epilogue: Second May Be Best: Theorizing the Global Urban from the Middle.” Pp. 248-253 in Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities, edited by Xiangming Chen and Ahmed Kanna. New York: Routledge.
  • 2011 Xiangming Chen and Chang Liu ’12, “The Pan-Yellow Sea Sub-region: Chinese Perspectives.” Pp. 217-244 in Collaborative Regional Development in Northeast Asia: Towards a Sustainable Regional and Sub-regional Future, edited by Won Bae Kim, Yue-man Yeung, and Sang-Chuel Choe. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.
  • 2010 Xiangming Chen and Tomás de’Medici ’11, “The ‘Instant City’ Coming of Age: The Production of Spaces in China’s Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.” Urban Geography 31 (8): 1141-1147.