Xuefei Ren is a professor of sociology and global urban studies at Michigan State University. Her work focuses on urban development, governance, inequality, and the built environment in global perspective. She is the author of three award-winning books: Governing the Urban in China and India: Land Grabs, Slum Clearance, and the War on Air Pollution (Princeton, 2020), Urban China (Polity, 2013), and Building Globalization: Transnational Architecture Production in Urban China (University of Chicago Press, 2011). She is currently working on two comparative projects, on municipal responses to the Covid-19 pandemic (Toronto, Chicago, Johannesburg), and on culture-led revitalization efforts in rust-belt cities (Detroit, Harbin, Turin).
- 2022. Winner of Robert E. Park Best Book Award in American Urban Sociology
- 2021, Honorable Mention of Dennis Judd Best book in Urban and Local Politics (American Political Science Association)
- 2015-2016, Frederick Burkhardt Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies
- 2011-2012, Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center
- 2012, Winner of Best Book Award, Political Economy of the World System Section, American Sociological Association
- Ren, Xuefei. 2020. Governing the Urban in China and India: Land Grabs, Slum Clearance, and the War on Air Pollution. Princeton: Princeton University Press
- Ren, Xuefei. 2013. Urban China. Cambridge: Polity Press
- Ren, Xuefei. 2011. Building Globalization: Transnational Architecture Production in Urban China. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
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