Research and Bio

Fang Xu

269 Evans Hall

Dr. Xu is an urban sociologist with expertise on social inequality, language and cultural identity. Her dissertation research has encompassed research on globalization, displacement, and language endangerment. Her other research interests lie in urban studies, social stratification, consumption, China studies, nationalism, and immigration.


"“Pudong is not My Shanghai”:Displacement, place-identity, and right to the ‘city’ in urban China. City & Community (forthcoming).

2020 July. “Chapter 11: Only Shanghainese Can Understand:Popularity of Vernacular Performance and Shanghainese Identity” in Revealing/Reveiling Shanghai: Cultural Representations from the 20th and 21st Centuries. (Eds.) Lisa Bernstein and Chu-chueh Cheng. State University of New York (SUNY) Press.

2018. "Take Me Shopping: Hands-on Learning Experience in a Consumer Society and Culture Course." Advertising & Society Quarterly. Volume 19, Issue 3. Online access:

2013. “Chapter 9: Governance on the Production of Identity: Consuming Western High-Culture in Contemporary 上海 [shàng hái or Shanghai]” in China and the Humanities: At the Crossroads of the Human and the Humane. (Ed). Kang Tchou. Melbourne: Common Ground Publishing. Pp. 161-88.

2009. “Governance on the Production of Identity: Consuming Western High-culture in Contemporary Shanghai” in The International Journal of the Humanities, Vol.7, No.5:19-32.

Book Reviews

2017. “What is in an “Asian” Gene?” Book Review of Aihwa Ong’s Fungible Life: Experiment in the Asian city of life. International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter. (

2017. Book Review of Rojas, Carlos and Ralph A. Litzinger’s Ghost Protocol: Development and Displacement in Global China. Journal of International and Global Studies. Volume 8, Number 2:97-9.

2016. Book Review of Valerie Imbruce’s From Farm to Canal Street: Chinatown’s Alternative Food Network in the Global Marketplace. Food, Culture and Society. Volume 19(4): 737-38.

2016. Book Review of Goodman, D. S. G. (ed.) The New Rich in China: Future Rulers, Present Lives. Journal of International and Global Studies. Volume 8, Number 1:81-4.

2014. “Transnational Architectural Production with Chinese Characteristics”. Book Review of Xuefei Ren’s Building Globalization:Transnational Architecture Production in Urban China. Sociological Forum. Volume 29, Number 2:511-15.

2013. Book Review of Jill M. Bystydzienski’s Intercultural Couples: Crossing Boundaries, Negotiating Difference. Social Problems Forum. Volumn 44, Issue 3:10-1.

Working paper:

Xu, Fang. ‘My Mom is Shanghainese Too!’: Language criticism, social class, and the ambiguity of Shanghainese identity.

Office Hours: 

Fall 2019 Office Hours: Fridays: 10-12