Xiangming Chen is the founding Dean and director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College and the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Global Urban Studies and Sociology, as well as a distinguished guest professor at Fudan University in Shanghai.  He received his B.A. from Beijing Foreign Studies University and his Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University. He is a co-author, with Anthony Orum, of The World of Cities: Places in Comparative and Historical Perspective (Blackwell, 2003); the author of As Borders Bend: Transnational Spaces on the Pacific Rim (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005); the editor of and primary contributor to Shanghai Rising: State Power and Local Transformations in a Global Megacity (University of Minnesota Press, 2009); the lead editor, with Ahmed Kanna, of Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities (Routledge, 2012); a co-author, with Anthony Orum and Krista Paulsen, of Introduction to Cities: How Place and Space Shape Human Experience(Wiley-Blackwell, 2012); the lead editor, with Nick Bacon, of Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England’s Forgotten Cities (Lexington Books, 2013); and a co-editor, with Sharon Zukin and Philip Kasinitz, of Global Cities, Local Streets (Routledge, forthcoming).

These research interests and expertise are represented by the publications in collaboration with other scholars and students below:

Zukin, Sharon, Philip Kasinitz, and Xiangming Chen. 2016. Global Cities, Local Streets:  Everyday Diversity from New York to Shanghai. New York: Routledge (with Chinese and Korean editions).

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.

Chen, Xiangming, Anthony M. Orum, and Krista Paulsen. 2012. Introduction to Cities: How Place and Space Shape Human Experience. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (second edition in early 2018).

Zhong, Xiaohua and Xiangming Chen. 2017. “Demolition, Rehabilitation, and Conservation: Heritage in Shanghai’s Urban Regeneration, 1990-2015.” Journal of Architecture and Urbanism 41 (2): 82-91.

Chen, Xiangming and Curtis Stone (Trinity Class ’10). 2017. “Rethinking Border Cities: In-Between Spaces, Unequal Actors and Stretched Mobilities Across the China-Southeast Asia Borderland.” Pp. 479-501 in The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City, edited by Suzanne Hall and Ricky Burdett. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Chen, Xiangming and Taylor Lynch Ogan (Trinity Class ’18). 2016. “China’s Emerging Silicon Valley: How and Why Has Shenzhen Become a Global Innovation Center.” The European Financial Review (December/January): 55-62.

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.


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