Xuefei Ren (PI) is Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies at Michigan State University. Her current work focuses on urban governance and citizen rights in China, India, and Brazil. She is the author of Building Globalization: Transnational Architecture Production in Urban China (University of Chicago Press, 2011), Urban China (Polity Press, 2013), and co-editor of Globalizing Cities Reader (Routledge, 2018).


Tze-Ian Sang (co-PI) is Professor of Chinese at Michigan State University. Her teaching and research focus on modern Chinese literature, film, and urban culture. She is the author of The Emerging Lesbian: Female Same-Sex Desire in Modern China (University of Chicago Press, 2003) and Documenting Taiwan on Film: Issues and Methods in New Documentaries (Routledge, 2012).



Wendy Griswold is Professor of Sociology and Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University. A cultural sociologist, her research interests focus on the sociology of reading and literature, urban cultures, and the culture of place. Her books include Bearing Witness: Readers, Writes, and the Novel in Nigeria (Princeton University Press, 2000), Regionalism and the Reading Class (University of Chicago Press, 2008), American Guides: The Federal Writers’ Project and the Casting of American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2016), and Cultures and Societies in a Changing World (Sage, 1994).



Yue Zhang is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. She is the author of The Fragmented Politics of Urban Preservation: Beijing, Chicago, and Paris (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).



Chuck Osgood is a former Chicago Tribune photographer and Adjunct Professor of photojournalism at Columbia College. He is currently a freelance photographer specializing in theatre, performance, and travel. Collaborating with Tribune senior writer Rick Kogan, he authored two books of selected Tribune columns about people and places in the greater Chicago area; Sidewalks (Northwestern University Press, 2006), and Sidewalks II, (Sidewalks Book Company, 2009). He just completed Dutch Love (Sidewalks Book Company, 2017) comprised of three European travel journals; two from 1914 on the brink of WWI, one from 2014.


Alan Lepp is a supervising attorney with the central legal staff at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, where he teaches a seminar on Chinese law. He was a Fulbright lecturer at the Chinese University of Politics and Law in Beijing and has lectured at courts and law schools across China.