Updated: September 2017
Personal Website: www.binxu.net
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Emory University. 2016-
Postdoctoral Associate, the Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University, 2014-2015.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Asian Studies, Florida International University. 2011-2016.
Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University. 2011.
M.A., Sociology, University of California, Davis. 2005
B.A., Politics, East China Normal University, China 1996
Cultural sociology, political sociology, social theory, collective memory, civil society, politics of disaster, dramaturgical social theories; East Asia, China.
The Politics of Compassion: the Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China (2017, Stanford University Press). (http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=26599 )
- An interview with the Association of Asian Studies (https://tinyurl.com/y744wzkz)
- Bin Xu. 2017. “Commemorating a difficult disaster: Naturalizing and denaturalizing the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China.” Memory Studies. Online first (February, 2017).
- Bin Xu. 2016. “Moral Performance and Cultural Governance in China: The Compassionate Politics of Disasters.” China Quarterly 226 (June): 407-430.
- Qian, Licheng, Bin Xu, and Dingding Chen. 2016. “Does History Education Promote Nationalism in China? A ‘Limited Effect’ Explanation.” Journal of Contemporary China (online first)
- Bin Xu. 2014. “Consensus Crisis and Civil Society: The Sichuan Earthquake Response and State-Society Relations.” The China Journal 71 (January): 91-108.
- Bin Xu. 2013. “For Whom the Bell Tolls: State-society Relations and the Sichuan Earthquake Mourning in China.” Theory and Society 42 (5): 509-542
- Bin Xu. 2013. “Mourning Becomes Democratic.” Contexts 12 (1): 42-46.
- Bin Xu. 2012. “Grandpa Wen: Scene and Political Performance.” Sociological Theory 30 (2): 114-129.
- Gary Alan Fine and Bin Xu. 2011. “Honest Broker: The Politics of Expertise in the ‘Who Lost China?’ Debate.” Social Problems 58 (4): 593-614.
- Bin Xu and Xiaoyu Pu. 2010. “Dynamic Statism and Memory Politics: A Case Analysis of the Chinese War Reparations Movement.” China Quarterly 201(1): 156-175. (Best Graduate Student paper award from Asia and Asian America Section of American Sociological Association, 2010)
- Bin Xu. 2009. “Durkheim in Sichuan: The Earthquake, National Solidarity, and the Politics of Small Things” Social Psychology Quarterly 72 (1).
- Bin Xu. “Memory and Reconciliation in Post-Mao China, 1976-1982” in Routledge Handbook of Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia, edited by Mikyoung Kim.
- Bin Xu. “Disaster, Trauma, and Memory.” in Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies, edited by Anna Lisa Tota and Trever Hagen. * Translated into Italian.
- (Peer-reviewed) Bin Xu and Gary Alan Fine. 2010. “Memory Movement and State-Society Relationship in Chinese World War II Victims’ Reparations Movement against Japan.” Pp.166-189 in Northeast Asia’s Difficult Past: Essays in Collective Memory, edited by Mikyoung Kim and Barry Schwartz. Palgrave-McMillan. * Translated into Japanese
Book Review. 2011. Ralph A. Thaxton, Jr. Catastrophe and Contention in Rural China: Mao’s Great Leap Forward Famine and the Origins of Righteous Resistance in Da Fo Village. Social Movement Studies. Vol. 10 (4).
Book Review. 2009. Kevin J. O’Brien. Ed. Popular Protest in China. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. Mobilization, Volume 14 (2).
Book review: 2008. Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt by Ching-Kwan Lee, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Volume 13 (4), 2008.
Publications in Chinese
Sun Zhongwei and Bin Xu. 2014. “Sociology of Disaster in the United States and Its Implications for Chinese Disaster Research.” (美国灾难社会学发展及其对中国的启示). Sociological Research (社会学研究), No.2.
Bin Xu. 2002. “The Struggles among Gods and Intellectuals: Two Key Issues in Classical Sociology of Knowledge” (诸神之争与知识人：经典知识社会学的两个核心问题) (in Chinese) in The Journal of Social Theory (社会理论丛刊) 2002, China.
Book Review. 曼海姆《文化社會學論集》，《二十一世紀》（香港）, October, 2000.
Translation. Selected Papers of Karl Mannheim (translation into Chinese曼海姆精粹) Nanjing University Press (南京大学出版社), China, 2003.
Translation. John R. Hall and Mary Jo Neitz. Culture: Sociological Perspectives (文化：社会学的视野) Commercial Press (商务印书馆). China. 2004.
Work in Progress
- Book Manuscript in Progress. Collective Memory of China’s “Educated Youth” Generation (based on a four-year research project which includes interviews, participant observations, textual analysis, and archival research)
- “Collective Memory and China Studies: Absence of Dialog, Possibility of Reconnection, and Field Dynamics.” With Licheng Qian. Invited article manuscript for a special issue. Revised and resubmitted.
- “Collective Memory of China’s Educated Youth (zhiqing) Generation.” Article manuscript in progress.
- “States’ Cultural Response to Disasters: Comparing the Sichuan Earthquake to Hurricane Katrina.” With John Bernau and David Hsu. Article manuscript in progress.
Awards & Grants
National and International Awards
- 2017-2018. Henry Luce/ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Postdoctoral Fellowship in China Studies.
- 2016-2018. Public Intellectuals Program (PIP) Fellow. The National Committee on US-China Relations.
- Visiting Scholar Fellowship. International Center for Studies of Chinese Civilization, Fudan University, Shanghai. Fall semester, 2013.
- Project “Some Sufferings Are More Equal than Others: Collective Memory of Zhiqing” won Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) from the American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation. $7,000
- 2011 Duke University Library Asian Collection Travel Grant.
- 2010 Best Graduate Student Paper (With Xiaoyu Pu) from Asia and Asian America Section of American Sociological Association, 2010. “Dynamic Statism and Memory Politics: A Case Analysis of the Chinese War Reparations Movement.” China Quarterly 201(1): 156-175.
- 2009 Small Grant from the China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) (2009. $1500) for dissertation project.
- Broad Research Fellowship. School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University. $1,000
2012 Summer Faculty Development Award from Florida International University. 10% of 9-month salary
2010 Winch Award for Best Graduate Published/Presented Paper from the Department of Sociology, Northwestern University, 2010, for paper “Moral Legitimacy and the Ritual of Downplaying: State-Society Relationship in the National Mourning for the Sichuan Earthquake Victims in China.”
2009 Karpf Prize for advanced graduate students whose work contributes to promoting “peace, goodwill, tolerance and understanding among the peoples of the Earth.” Northwestern University.
2009 Ethnographic Research Fellowship. Department of Sociology, Northwestern University.
2008 Summer Research Grant. “China’s New Nationalism”. $2,500. From The Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University.
2007 Graduate Research Grant. “The Chinese War Reparations Movement.” $1,500. From the Graduate School, Northwestern University. 2008. $1,350.
- MacArthur Summer Research Grant, with Gary Alan Fine. $1,350. “The Chinese War Reparations Movement and State-Society Relationship”. Sociology Department, Northwestern University.
2007 Summer Research Grant. “The Chinese War Reparations Movement”. $1,000. From The Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University.
2006 MacArthur Summer Research Grant, with Gary Alan Fine. Project “Owen Lattimore and Politics of Reputation.” Sociology Department, Northwestern University, $1,000.
2003-2004 University Scholar Fellowship, $20,000. University of California, Davis.
- Talk at Columbia University, scheduled in March 2018
- Talk at University of Pennsylvania, scheduled in February 2018
- Talk at Yale University, scheduled in February 2018
- Book event at the National Committee on US-China Relations, New York, scheduled on January 31, 2018
- Talk at the Public Intellectual Program meeting, the National Committee on US-China Relations, New York, scheduled on December 8, 2017
- “The Politics of Compassion: the Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China.” University of California at Davis, November, 2017
- “Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture: Pedagogical Reflections.” Georgia Highlands College, October, 2017
- Book talk sponsored by the China Research Center, Georgia Tech, October, 2017
- “The Politics of Compassion: the Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China.” Georgetown University, September, 2017
- “The Politics of Compassion: the Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China.” Emory University, September, 2017
- “A Genealogy of the Sociology of Memory.” Nanjing University, China. December, 2016.
- “Collective Memory of China’s ‘Educated Youth” Generation.” Emory University, December, 2016
- “Unequal Memories: the ‘Educated Youth’ Generation and China’s Difficult Past.” Vanderbilt University, April 8, 2016
- “Politics of Moral Sentiments: Civil Society and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake in China.” University of Hong Kong. May 11, 2015
- “Remembering and Forgetting the Sichuan Earthquake.” Talk at Social Science Workshop on China, Yale University. January, 2015.
- “Collective Memories of China’s Educated Youth Generation.” Talk at Postdoctoral Speaking Series. November, 2014. Yale University.
- “Moral Legitimation and the State-Society Relations in the Sichuan Earthquake.” University of Macau, December, 2013.
- “Moral Legitimation and the Sichuan Earthquake.” Invited talk at School of Economics, Fudan University, Shanghai, November 2013.
- “Some Sufferings are Moral Equal than Others: Collective Memory of China’s Educated Youth Generation.” Invited Talk at Culture and Society Workshop, Northwestern University. April 2013.
“States, Civil Society, and Disasters in East Asia.” Organizer. Applying for the ACLS fund for comparative studies of Chinese culture and society.
Panel on “Collective Memory: New Approaches and Cases.” Organizer and presenter. Eastern Sociological Society, New York, February, 2015
“History and Memory of China’s Educated Youth (zhiqing) Generation.” Organizer. December 2013, Fudan University, Shanghai.
“Class: A Forgotten Factor in Collective Memory.” American Sociological Association, 2016, Seattle.
“History and Memory of the Mao Years: Researching the Maoist Legacies through Fieldwork.” Presentation at conference on “Digital Humanities and the Maoist Legacy.” University of Freiburg, Germany, February, 2015
“Moral Performance and Cultural Governance: Efficacy and Dilemmas of Compassionate Politics after the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake.” Presentation at “Protecting the Weak” Conference at Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany, January, 2015.
“Some Sufferings are More Equal than Others.” Collective Memory Regular Session. American Sociological Association annual meeting, August, 2012. Denver, Colorado.
“Consensus Crisis and Civil Society: The Sichuan Earthquake Response and State-Society Relations.” North American Chinese Sociologists Association Annual Meeting. August, 2012. Denver, Colorado
“Generation and Memory: China’s Educated Youths.” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting. November, 2011, Boston.
“Moral Legitimacy and the National Mourning for the Sichuan Earthquake Victims.” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting. November, 2010, Chicago.
“Explaining Solidarity among Strangers: Interaction Rituals and Publics in the Wake of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake in China.” Regular session on Social Theory, American Sociological Association annual meeting, Atlanta, 2010.
“Grandpa Wen and Mise-en-scène: Disasters and Political Performance.” Panel on “Power and Performance” at International Sociological Association World Congress, Gothenburg, Sweden. July, 2011.
“Rite of Reversal: Commemoration, Emotion, Politics in the National Mourning for the Sichuan Earthquake Victims.” Culture and Society Workshop, Northwestern University, Evanston IL. April 8, 2010.
“Civic Participation and Disaster in the Wake of the Sichuan Earthquake.” Northeastern Illinois University 15th Annual Asian American Heritage Conference disaster panel, Chicago, IL. April 1, 2010.
“Explaining Solidarity among Strangers: A Theoretical Explanatory Framework” Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Social Theory Panel. Chicago, IL. March 31, 2010.
“Rite of Reversal: Politics, Commemoration, and the National Mourning for the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake Victims in China.” Michigan Social Theory Conference. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. March 12-13, 2010.
“Solidarity and Government Legitimacy in the Wake of the Sichuan Earthquake”. US-China People’s Friendship Association Annual Symposium. November 2009.
“Solidarity in Publics: the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake and Interaction Rituals”. Culture and Society Workshop, Northwestern University, November 2009.
“People of a Gown Flock Together: the Han Clothing Movement and the Invention of Tradition in Small Publics” The Third Urban Representation Conference. Shanghai, China, April 2009.
“The Elusive Harmony: Rituals, Solidarity, and State Legitimacy in the Sichuan Earthquake and the Beijing Olympics.” Presentation at Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, Northwestern University. February, 2009.
“Han Clothing and Small Group Cultural Production.” Presentation at Culture and Society Workshop, Northwestern University. November, 2008.
“Official Memory Texts and Discursive Politics: A Case Analysis of the Chinese WWII Victims’ Redress Movement” Presentation on American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 2008, Boston.
“Civil Society, Collective Memory, and Sino-Japanese Relations: A Case Analysis of Chinese War Reparations Movement since the 1990s” with Xiaoyu Pu, International Studies Association Annual Meeting, March 2008, San Francisco.
“Memory Movement and the State-Society Relationship: The Chinese WWII Victims’ Reparations Movement against Japan”. With Gary Alan Fine. Social Science History Association Annual Meeting. November, 2008, Chicago.
“Transfer of Charisma: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Post-First-Lady Reputation and Custodian Network” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Social Psychology Section, Roundtable Session, August, 2008, New York.
“Public Sphere, Collective Memory, and Chinese WWII Reparations Movement” Presentation with Gary Alan Fine on “Politics of Regret” International Conference, Washington D.C, March 2007.
“Reception of Commemorative Narratives: China’s Official Commemoration of WWII and the Student Protest in 1985.” Midwest Political Science Association 2006 Annual Meeting.
External Professional Services
Nomination Committee member. Theory Section, American Sociological Association (2016-2017).
Article Award Committee member. Global and Transnational Sociology Section, American Sociological Association (2016-2017).
Graduate Student Paper Award Committee member. Political Sociology Section, American Sociological Association (2016-2017).
Board Member. North America Chinese Sociologists Association (2013-2015)
Reviewer for American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Social Psychology Quarterly, Mobilization, Symbolic Interactionism, Chinese Journal of Sociology, Modern Asian Studies, Voluntas, American Journal of Cultural Sociology, China Quarterly, The China Journal
Membership: American Sociological Association, Association for Asian Studies