Degree: Ph.D, Sociology, University of Chicago
Xuefei Ren is a comparative urbanist whose work focuses on urban development, governance, architecture, and the built environment in global perspective. She is the author of two award-winning books: Building Globalization: Transnational Architecture Production in Urban China (University of Chicago Press, 2011) and Urban China (Polity Press, 2013). Currently she is working on a number of large-scale, historical-comparative projects, including a book on urban governance and citizen rights in China and India, based on historical analyses and fieldwork in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Beijing, and Guangzhou; a photo-documentary on Detroit and rustbelt China; and a series of articles examining informal settlements, megaevents, and spectacles in urban China, India and Brazil. She regularly teaches undergraduate courses on urban sociology, visual sociology, international development, and graduate seminars on comparative urban theory and structural inequality. In 2016-2017, she is Frederick Burkhardt fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, and she is spending her sabbatical year in Chicago, based at the Newberry Library.