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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 Studies 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 urbanism, cultural politics, and middle class in Asian emerging economies. Her writings appear in leading academic journals such as Journal of Asian StudiesChina Review International, NewBooks Asia. 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. New York University

    M.A. New York University 

    B.A. Fudan University 

    Recent Publications:

    Lei Ping. Book Review. Scythe and the City: A Social History of Death in Shanghai by Christian Henriot. China Review International, Vol. 23, No. 4, September 2018.

    Lei Ping. Book Review. Curating Revolution: Politics on Display in Mao’s China by Denise Y. Ho. International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) NewBooks.Asia. September 2018.

    Lei Ping. Book Review. Spectacle and the City: Chinese Urbanities in Art and Popular Culture edited by Jeroen de Kloet and Lena Scheen. Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 74, No. 1, January 2015.

    Lei Ping. “Restratified Private Space in Postsocialist Shanghai” and “Les strates de l’espace privé dans un Shanghai postsocialiste.” Ciel Variable, Vol. 84, February 2010.

    Research Interests:

    Chinese urban and cultural studies; Shanghai studies; Critical Asian Studies; Modern and contemporary Chinese and Asian art, cinema, history, and politics. 

    Awards And Honors:

    Faculty Mentoring Grant, 2017 - 2018, The New School 

    Research Fellow, 2015 - 2016, India China Institute 

    GSAS Dean’s Travel Grant, NYU

    Henry MacCracken Fellowship, NYU

    Current Courses:

    Independent Study:Chinese

    Chinese: Pop Cult & Calligraph

    China Today