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    Lei Ping

    Assistant Professor of Chinese

    Office Location:

    Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building


    Lei Ping is Assistant Professor of China Studies at The New School. She is also Coordinator of Chinese and Korean Programs and Faculty Advisor at India China Institute. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from New York University (NYU). She has been teaching courses on contemporary Chinese history, cinema, political economy, art, fashion, food, East Asian pop culture in media as well as the Chinese language at The New School. Her research focuses on contemporary Chinese cities and cultural politics, urbanization, economic development, and middle class in emerging economies. Her recent works examine socialist remolding of the Shanghai national bourgeoisie and everyday life in the Mao era, as well as the middle classes in Shanghai and New Delhi. In 2013, she launched the first field-based undergraduate summer study abroad program for The New School in Shanghai China in collaboration with Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts and Parsons School for Design. 

    Degrees Held:

    Ph.D. East Asian Studies, New York University 

    Recent Publications:

    Jan, 2015. Journal of Asian Studies (74:1). Book Review: Spectacle and the City: Chinese Urbanities in Art and Popular Culture

    Feb, 2010. “Restratified Private Space in Postsocialist Shanghai.” Ciel Variable, Issue 84
                       “Les strates de l’espace privé dans un Shanghai postsocialiste” Ciel Variable, Issue 84

    Research Interests:

    Chinese urban and cultural studies; Shanghai studies; modern and contemporary Chinese literature, history, and cinema; modernism and postmodernism; socialist and postsocialist urban land policies, property rights law, middle class and consumption.   

    Awards And Honors:

    Faculty Mentoring Grant, The New School

    GSAS Dean’s Travel Grant, NYU

    Henry MacCracken Fellowship, NYU