I am a professor in the Department of Sociology, the University of Chicago.
I am interested in political sociology broadly defined. I am also
interested in comparative historical sociology, sociology of emotion,
ecological sociology, sociological theory and methodology. I have
published a book
on the 1989 Prodemocracy Movement in China. Among the projects I have completed,
there was one on student nationalism, and one comparing environmental
movements in Russia and China. I have been working on a book
project on historical sociology, which, based on a comparison with
the European experiences, is intended to develop an empirically-grounded
theory to explain the changes in state, military, economy and philosophy
during China's Axial Age (722-221 BC), the unification of China under the
Qin Empire (221-206 BC), and how developments in this period shaped China's
next two-thousand-year's history.
I was born in Shanghai, and graduated from Fudan. I did my first Ph.D. in Entomology at McGill University and, then studied sociology at McGill. I have two children, Linda and Lily. A recipient of the award, Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Science (2009-2010), I am current working on finishing up the book project.