Sociology

The interactions between groups of people are the essential blocks on which societies are built and provide a window into the human condition, allowing us to understand the world. This is what the Fairbank Center strives for in its support of sociological scholars and scholarship. Throughout the year the Center holds events and screenings dedicated to exploring these issues.

Expertise

Susan Greenhalgh
Susan Greenhalgh

Susan Greenhalgh 葛苏珊

Professor of Anthropology

Susan Greenhalgh is Professor of Anthropology and John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Professor of Chinese Society at Harvard University. Before moving to Harvard, she was Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine and, before that, Senior ResearchRead More

Tozzer Anthropology Building 308 | 21 Divinity Avenue | Cambridge MA 02138
Ya wen Lei
Ya wen Lei

Ya-wen Lei 雷雅雯

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ya-wen Lei is Assistant Professor of Sociology, having previously been a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Professor Lei grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, graduating from her undergraduate studies at the National Taiwan University.

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436 William James Hall | 33 Kirkland Street | Cambridge MA, 02138
nicole newendorp
nicole newendorp

Nicole Newendorp 柳云嫦

Lecturer on Social Studies

Dr. Newendorp received a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Columbia University, an M.A. from Harvard University’s Regional Studies-East Asia Program, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Anthropology.

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380 William James Hall | Divinity Avenue | Cambridge MA, 02138
Martin K. Whyte
Martin K. Whyte

Martin K. Whyte 怀默霆

John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Sociology, Emeritus, former Director of the Fairbank Center

Professor Whyte’s primary research and teaching specialties are comparative sociology, sociology of the family, sociology of development, the sociological study of contemporary China, and the study of post-communist transitions.

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480 William James Hall | 33 Kirkland Street | Cambridge | MA 02138
xiang zhou
xiang zhou

Xiang Zhou 周翔

Assistant Professor of Government

Xiang Zhou is an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His research focuses on quantitative methodology, social stratification and mobility, and contemporary Chinese society. He has published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, SocialRead More

CGIS Knafel Building | 1737 Cambridge Street | Cambridge MA 20138

Research Projects

Land of Many Palaces Screening

The Fairbank Center recently screened a film by Adam Smith and Song Ting, which examined the relocation of thousands of farmers the country to the city. The film screening was followed by a discussion with directors Adam Smith and Song Ting. This event was co-sponsored with the Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies.

Latest News

Fall 2018 Courses on China

FRESHMEN SEMINAR FRSEMR 70L: Ancient East Asia: Contested Archaeologies of China, Korea and Japan Rowan Flad How is our understanding of the past determined or framed by the concerns of the present? This course considers this problem with a focus on East Asia. In the...

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Summer Reading List 2018

New from Harvard University Asia Center Press: Legal Lessons: Popularizing Laws in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–1989, by Jennifer Altehenger  The popularization of basic legal knowledge is an important and contested technique of state governance in China...

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