BiographyXuefei 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 new 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 has been awarded a number of distinguished fellowships, including from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She divides her time between Michigan and Chicago.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Urban Sociology, Historical-Comparative Sociology, Political Economy, International Development,
Urban Politics, China, India, Brazil