Our Visiting Fellows and Scholars


2018 Luce Visiting Scholar

Yina Zhang is currently an Associate Professor of School of Scoial Development and Public Policy at Fudan University, China.  She holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Fudan University and B.S. degree in Urban Planning from Tongji University.  Her research areas are urban and regional economy, population migration and urbanization, and big data in human behavior.  She has taught courses and seminars on GIS application in Social Science, the Practice of Social Research, and more to undergraduate and graduate students.  Her current works are published in SSCI journals such as Habitat International, and her current interess include a focus on Urban Agglomeration Research with big data of High-speed Rail passengers flow and China UnionPay POS transactions.  Flow.  

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2015-2016 IIE Visiting Scholar

Uladzimir Kananovich is  Belarusian scholar of medieval and early modern East-Central European history.  He received his Master’s degree in medieval history from Central European University in Budapest and his doctorate from the Institute of History at the Belarusian Academy of Sciences in Minsk. He worked as a researcher at the Institute during 1994-2004.  He then moved to the National Historical Archives of Belarus as a senior archivist.  He later taught courses on the history of culture and socio-political thought at the Belarusian State Pedagogical University. More recently, Uladzimir was an associate professor of humanities at the A.M. Shirikov Institute of Modern Knowledge in Minsk.  His current research focuses on favoritism and trust in medieval and early modern society in the context of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Speaking six languages, Uladzimir has held post-doctoral and visiting scholar positions in Poland, Germany, and France. 

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​2016 Luce Visiting Scholar

David J. H. Blake received his PhD in 2013 from the School of International Development, University of East Anglia (UK), with a thesis examining the socio-political drivers of irrigation development in a Mekong river sub-basin situated in Northeast Thailand. Prior to studying for his PhD, he worked for almost two decades in Thailand and Laos in various governmental and non-governmental roles related to the environment and water resources, the development and management of which he finds fascinating, as it provides a lens into so many aspects of national development processes, politics and social relations. He has conducted further research into aspects of the factors influencing the historical hydraulic development paradigm in the context of Thailand and Cambodia, and has co-edited a book volume titled "Water Governance Dynamics in the Mekong Region" for the Mekong Programme on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-POWER), to be published later in 2016.

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2016 Visiting Scholar

Na Chen is research fellow at the Fudan Development Institute, and research fellow at the Globalization and Religion Program, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Dr. Chen received academic training in comparative literature at Peking University, communication at the University of Pennsylvania and sociology at Temple University; and he was a junior research fellow in anthropology at Harvard University. Over the years, he has been teaching at various universities both in China and the U.S. His current research interest includes sociology of religion, development and globalization, and intercultural communication. He has published dozens of papers and book chapters both in Chinese and English. His recent research includes an ethnographic study of the “Confucian Congregation” in Southeast China, the current revival of Confucianism and the reconstruction of Chinese identity, and the case study of religious life of immigrants in Shanghai.

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​2016 Thomas Visiting Professor of Urban and Global Studies

Lizhu Fan is Professor of Sociology at Fudan University. Head of Globalization and Religion Program. As a pioneer scholar on the study of sociologist of religion in China, she has engaged in historical and ethnographic studies of Chinese folk religious beliefs, sociological theories of religion, and the study of the trends of folk religious beliefs in modern Chinese society. Her most significant works include The Religion and Faith Transition of Chinese in the Contemporary Era: Field Research of the Adherents of Folk Religion in Shenzhen; Three volumes on Sociology of Religion (co-authored with James Whitehead and Evelyn Whitehead); Academic article include “Conversion and Indigenous Religions in China” (Co-authored with CHEN Na) in the Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion; “The Cult of Silkworm Mother as a Core of Local Community Religion in a North China Village” in China Quarterly, etc.. As an international recognized scholar, she taught and lectured at many distinguished universities, such as University of Chicago, University of California at San Diego, Lund University, Queen’s University, New School, Wabash College, University of British Columbia, Bergen University, University of Stockholm, University of Tokyo, etc.

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