My CV

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Bin Xu

Curriculum Vitae

Email: bin.xu@emory.edu

Personal Website: www.binxu.net

 

Positions

Associate Professor of Sociology, Emory University. 2019-

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Emory University. 2016-2019

Postdoctoral Associate, the Council on East Asian Studies, Yale University, 2014-2015.

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Asian Studies, Florida International University. 2011-2016.

Education

Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University. 2011

Research Interests

Cultural sociology, political sociology, social theory, collective memory, civil society, politics of disaster, dramaturgical social theories; East Asia, China.

Publications

Book

The Politics of Compassion: the Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China (2017, Stanford University Press). (http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=26599 )

  • Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in Sociology of Culture, the Sociology of Culture Section, American Sociological Association (2018)
  • The Best Book Prize on Asia/Transnational (Honorable Mention), Asia/Asian America Section, American Sociological Association (2018)
  • Interviews with University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Contemporary China (https://tinyurl.com/yyjl6sn7), National Committee on US-China Relations (https://tinyurl.com/y5hu44rz), and Association for Asian Studies (https://tinyurl.com/y744wzkz)
  • Reviewed in American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Chinese Political Science, China Quarterly, Choice, China Review International

The Culture of Democracy: A Sociological Approach to Civil Society. Under contract with Polity Press.

Chairman Mao’s Children and China’s Difficult Past: Generation and Memory. Book manuscript finished and under review.

Special Issue

  • Special Issue. “Politics, Societies, and Disasters: China and Beyond.” Status: Full proposal submitted to a journal.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  1. Bin Xu, Licheng Qian, and Weirong Guo. 2019. “The Cultural Sociology of China: Trajectory and Dynamics of a Burgeoning Field.” Cultural Sociology. Online first.
  2. Bin Xu. 2019. “Intra-Generational Variations in Autobiographic Memory: China’s “Sent-Down Youth” Generation.” Social Psychology Quarterly. 82 (2): 134-157.
  3. Bin Xu. 2018. “Commemorating a difficult disaster: Naturalizing and denaturalizing the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China.” Memory Studies. 11 (4): 483-497.
  4. Bin Xu. 2016. “Moral Performance and Cultural Governance in China: The Compassionate Politics of Disasters.” China Quarterly 226 (June): 407-430.
  5. 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)
  6. Bin Xu. 2014. “Consensus Crisis and Civil Society: The Sichuan Earthquake Response and State-Society Relations.” The China Journal 71 (January): 91-108.
  7. 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
  8. Bin Xu. 2013. “Mourning Becomes Democratic.” Contexts 12 (1): 42-46.
  9. Bin Xu. 2012. “Grandpa Wen: Scene and Political Performance.” Sociological Theory 30 (2): 114-129.
  10. 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.
  11. 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)
  12. Bin Xu. 2009. “Durkheim in Sichuan: The Earthquake, National Solidarity, and the Politics of Small ThingsSocial Psychology Quarterly 72 (1).

Book Chapters

Brief Pieces

“The World is Yours!”: Youth and Civic Engagement from Sichuan to Parkland.” Invited piece for Made in China (Australian National University).

Book Reviews

Book Review. Forthcoming. The Civil Sphere in East Asia. Edited by Alexander, Jeffrey C., David A. Palmer, Sunwoong Park, and Agnes Shuk-mei Ku, eds. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Book Review. 2019. Ya-Wen Lei. The Contentious Public Sphere: Law, Media, and Authoritarian Rule in China. American Journal of Sociology. Vol. 124 (5)

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

  1. Historically Remaining Issues: The Shanghai Youths to Xinjiang and the Tangled Communist Legacies in China, 1963-2017. Status: Under review
  2. “The Sympathetic Leviathan: How Do States Culturally Respond to Disasters?” With John Bernau (graduate student). Status: Finished. Will be submitted as part of the special issue on the cultural sociology of disaster.
  3. “Listening to Thunders in Silence: Silence, Memory, and Forgetting of the 1989 Tiananmen Incident.” Status: Work in progress.
  4. “Chinese Discourses on Civil Society.” Status: Work in progress.
  5. “Dignity in the Red Envelope: The Culture Work in the Informal Payments for Medical Services in China.” With Weirong Guo (Graduate student). Status: Work in progress.

Awards & Grants

National and International Awards

  • Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in Sociology of Culture, the Sociology of Culture Section, American Sociological Association (2018)
  • The Best Book Prize on Asia/Transnational (Honorable Mention), Asia/Asian America Section, American Sociological Association (2018)
  • 2018-2019. ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) “Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society” (Conference grant for “Politics, Societies, and Disasters: China and Beyond.” $25,000)
  • 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.

Internal Awards

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Invited Talks

  • “Collective Memory of China’s Zhiqing Generation.” University of Arkansas. April 2019.
  • “Nostalgia, Resistance, and Pursuit of Happiness: Group, Memory, and China’s Zhiqing Generation.” Emory University, April 2019.
  • “Collective Memory of China’s Zhiqing Generation.” University of Michigan, Lieberthal and Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. Scheduled in December, 2018.
  • “The Politics of Compassion: the Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China.” University of Tennessee, Knoxville. November, 2018.
  • “Regretless Youth and Long Live Youth!: Exhibits and Museums as Sites of Memory for China’s Zhiqing Generation.” Emory University, September, 2018.
  • “How Activism and the Media can Thrive in China.” Invited talk on a panel, World Affairs Council, Atlanta. August 8, 2018.
  • Talk at University of Toronto. March 2018
  • Talk at Columbia University. March 2018
  • Talk at Northwestern University. March 2018.
  • Talk at University of Pennsylvania. February 2018
  • Talk at Yale University. 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.

Conference Organizing

“States, Civil Society, and Disasters in East Asia.” Organizer. Funded by ACLS. Scheduled in June at University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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.

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