Assistant Professor

PhD (London) 
MA (London) 
BA (Dublin)

3400 3672

Research Methodology 1: Qualitative Methods
Introduction to Sociology
Social Structure & Social Theory
Anthropology and Language
Introduction to Anthropology
Media and Everyday Life
Assessing Globalization and Social Development
Social Development in China

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Selected Publications: 


  • 2012. Young Chinese in Urban China. London and New York: Routledge [2015, reprinted as paperback]


Peer-Reviewed Journal articles/ publications:

  • 2017. Riding and Reading the Shanghai Metro: Signs, Subjectivities and Subversions on and around Line # 8. Social Semiotics
  • 2016. Identity Work at a Normal University in Shanghai. Anthropology & Education Quarterly 47 (3):314-328.
  • 2016. Making Autism through Ocean Heaven (Haiyang Tiantang, 海洋天堂) and the Possibilities of Realizing Disability Differently. Disability and Society 31 (4): 535-552.
  • 2015. Regarding Mr. Wu, a Dragon and Conversations in Traffic: Social Acceleration, Deceleration and Re-acceleration in Shanghai. Time & Society, October 22 2015
  • 2014. Becoming Quixotic? A discussion on the discursive construction of disability and how this is maintained through social relations. Disability and Society 29 (9): 1473-1485.
  • 2012. Ontological Security and Residential Experiences in China: The ‘Old’ and the ‘New’ in Shanghai’s Luwan District. China Information 26 (3): 331-358.
  • 2011. Students’ Ambivalence toward Their Experiences in Secondary Education: Views from a Group of Young Chinese Studying on an International Foundation Program in Beijing. The China Journal 65: 101-118.
  • Forthcoming. In the Haze: On Narrativization and Air Pollution in Shanghai.
  • Forthcoming. Ethnography as Process and Product: Residential Neighborhoods and Radical Reflexivity in Shanghai.
  • Under Review. Deciphering Disorientation in Downtown Shanghai.
  • Under Review. (C)overt Illusions of Inclusion and Allusions to Exclusion: En-Dis-Abling Identities through Government Webpages in Hong Kong.


Chapters in edited volumes:

  • 2016. Urban Chinese Youth, in A. Furlong (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 172-181.
  • 2014. Regarding Subjectivities and Social Life on the Screen: The Ambivalences of Spectatorship in the People’s Republic of China, in D.K. Herold and P. Marolt (eds.) Online China: Locating Society in Online Spaces, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 49-66.
  • Forthcoming. Youth, Exams and the Pressure to Conform, in K. Latham (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Culture and Society. London and New York: Routledge.


Book Reviews:

  • 2014. “Global Futures in East Asia: Youth, Nation, and the New Economy” edited by Ann Anagnost, Andrea Arai and Hai Ren. Stanford: Stanford University Press, The China Journal 71: 231-232.
  • 2014. “The Shanghai Alleyway House: A Vanishing Urban Vernacular” by Gregory Bracken. London and New York: Routledge, China Information 28 (1): 116-117.