Welcome to Bin Xu’s Personal Website

I am Bin Xu, Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Emory University.

My research interests are at the intersection of social theory, cultural sociology, and political sociology. I am particularly interested in collective memory, cultural sociology of civic life, disaster research, symbolic politics, and social movements.

My new book The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China (Stanford University Press, 2017) is available for order now on Stanford University Press’s website. See a brief summary of the book HERE.

Also my CV can be found HERE, and my news and updates can be found HEREUpdated!

Information about my other publications can be found HERE.

I am currently working on a book project on the collective memory of China’s “educated youth” (or “sent-down youth”, zhiqing) generation. A brief working summary can be found HERE.


You can also visit my facebook page:
Bin Xu

If you have any questions related to my research, please email me at xubin013 (at) gmail (dot) com.

(The picture below was taken in a Qiang village in Mao County, Sichuan, which was hit by a massive disaster in 2008)