I was born and raised in China up until 20 years old when I received my Bachelor's Degree in English and International Business Communication and started my Ph.D at Boston University. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology in January 2008, and taught a year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Now I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at SLU. My research and teaching interests include the sociology of development, social change, economic sociology, and the socioeconomic transformations in China. I have published in The Journal of Asian Studies, Theory and Society and Ethnic and Racial Studies. Currently I am editing the five-volume Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. I am also working on turning my dissertation Capitalist Collectivism: Contradiction or Synthesis? into a book and translating Alexis De Tocqueville on Democracy, Revolution, and Society into Chinese with a new introduction. In the classroom, I hope to bring more diversity and a global perspective into our discourse.