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Ren, Xuefei

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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

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Xuefei Ren

Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies

Xuefei Ren’s work focuses on urban development, governance, architecture, and the built environment in global and comparative perspective. Currently she is working on a number of new projects, including a book comparing urban governance and citizen rights in China and India, a photo-documentary of Detroit and China’s rust-belt cities, and a number of comparative articles examining informal settlements, mega-events, and spectacles in cities in Brazil, China, and India. She is also co-editing The Globalizing Cities Reader (Forthcoming, Routledge).

She regularly teaches large lecture courses on Urban Sociology and International Development and graduate seminars on Comparative Urban Theory and Structural Inequality.

Research Interests

Areas of Specialization: Community and Urban

Subareas: Development, Economic, Globalization, Governance, Political, Urban

Recent Publications

2011. Building Globalization: Transnational Architecture Production in Urban China. University of Chicago Press. (2012 Winner of Best Book Award from the Political Economy of the World System Section, and 2012 Honorable Mention for the Robert Park Book Award from the Community and Urban Sociology Section, American Sociology Association).. University of Chicago Press.


Ren, Xuefei.  Urban China. Polity Press, Cambridge. 2013.