Dr. Hou did her B.A. in English and International Business Communication at Nanjing University, China and her Ph.D. in Sociology at Boston University. Before joining St. Lawrence University in 2009, she taught a year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research and teaching interests include the sociology of development, social change, economic sociology, sociology of organizations, and the socioeconomic transformations in China. She has published in The Journal of Asian Studies, Theory and Society, Theory, Culture & Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Journal International de Bioéthique, and finished a book entitled Community Capitalism in China: The State, the Market, and Collectivism (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Currently she is co-editing the five-volume Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014). She is also working on a research project comparing green technology innovations in China and in the US. Funded by William B. Bradbury, Jr. Faculty Award and Faculty Research Fellowship Award, she will start doing field work in China in Spring 2013.