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.


Ya-wen Lei 雷雅雯

Associate Professor of Sociology

Ya-Wen Lei is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University, and is affiliated with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. Trained in both lawRead More

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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Zhou Xiang
Zhou Xiang

Xiang Zhou 周翔

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Xiang Zhou is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology 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

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

2018-2019: A Year in Review of China Studies at Harvard

Read and download our 2018-2019 Annual Report here.  The 2018–19 academic year was a challenging time for all of us at the Fairbank Center who devote ourselves to the study of China. The U.S.-China bilateral relationship continues to deteriorate and there are few...

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