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Xiangming Chen (1994)
comparative and national facets of global-urban relations in local and regional contexts of China and Asia

Xiangming Chen has served as the founding dean and director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) at Trinity College since July 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 PhD 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 was a visiting professor at Yale University during spring 2013. He also holds the positions of distinguished guest professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and honorary research fellow at the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences. 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 instrumental in launching “China and the World” series for the business magazine The European Financial Review and has been the primary contributor to it since 2012. 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. Chen received fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Sociological Association, the Open Society Institute, and Harvard University. He is the co-author of The World of Cities: Places in Comparative and Historical Perspective (2003; Chinese edition 2005), the author of As Borders Bend: Transnational Spaces on the Pacific Rim (2005), the editor of and main contributor to Shanghai Rising: State Power and Local Transformations in a Global Megacity (2009; Chinese edition 2009), the co-editor of Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities (2012), a co-author of Introduction to Cities: How Place and Space Shape Human Experience (2012; second edition 2018), and a co-editor of Global Cities, Local Streets: Everyday Diversity from New York to Shanghai (2015, Chinese edition 2016; Korean edition 2017). He has also published approximately 100 journal articles, book chapters, and scholarly essays.

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