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Yue Zhang

Former Fellow


    September 8, 2015 — June 30, 2016

    Professional affiliation

    Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois - Chicago

    Wilson Center Projects

    "Informal Urbanization: The Making and Governance of Megacities in China, India, and Brazil"

    Full Biography

    Yue Zhang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. Her principal research interest is comparative urban politics and policies with a focus on urban governance, politics of land development, urbanization in developing countries, and globalization. Professor Zhang received the Norton Long Young Scholar Award in 2009 and the Stone Scholar Award in 2010, both from the American Political Science Association's Urban Politics Section. She is the author of The Fragmented Politics of Urban Preservation: Beijing, Chicago, and Paris (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). Her other published work has appeared in Urban Affairs Review, Town Planning Review, The China Quarterly, among others. She has been consultant to UNESCO, the European Commission, and the municipal governments of Paris, São Paulo, and Guangzhou on issues related to historic preservation, sustainable urban development, and municipal reform.

    Major Publications

    The Fragmented Politics of Urban Preservation: Beijing, Chicago, and Paris. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

    "Governing Art Districts: State Control and Cultural Production in Contemporary China." The China Quarterly, vol. 219, pp. 827-848.

    "Boundaries of Power: Politics of Urban Preservation in Two Chicago Neighborhoods." Urban Affairs Review, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 511-540.