Min Zhou is Professor of Sociology & Asian American Studies, Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in U.S.-China Relations & Communications, and Director of the UCLA Asia Pacific Center. She is an internationally renowned scholar in the areas of migration and development, race and ethnicity, entrepreneurship, refugee studies, Asian diasporas, and the sociology of Asia and Asian America. She has published 17 books and more than 180 journal articles and book chapters. She is the author of Chinatown: The Socioeconomic Potential of an Urban Enclave (1992), Contemporary Chinese America: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Community Transformation (2009), and The Accidental Sociologist in Asian American Studies (2011); co-author of Growing up American: How Vietnamese Children Adapt to Life in the United States (with Bankston, 1998), The Asian American Achievement Paradox (with Lee, 2015), and The Rise of the New Second Generation (with Bankston, 2016); and co-editor of Asian American Youth (with Lee, 2004) and Contemporary Asian America (with Gatewood, 1st ed. 2000, 2nd ed. 2007; with Ocampo, 3rd ed. 2016).
Professor Zhou is co-Editor of the Journal of Chinese Overseas. She was the President of the North American Chinese Sociologist Association, Chair of the Section on Asia and Asian America of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and Chair of the Section on International Migration of ASA.
Between 2013 and 2016, she took a leave of absence to be the Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor, Head of Sociology Division, and Director of the Chinese Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She also held the prestigious Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professorship at Sun Yat-sen University, China (2009-2012). She currently holds visiting Professorships in several major universities in China, including Sun Yat-sen University, Zhejiang University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Central China Normal University, and Huazhong Agricultural University.
Currently, Prof. Zhou is working on four projects: “Immigration, Integration and Social Transformation in the Pacific Rim,” “Inter-group relations and racial attitudes among Chinese locals and African merchants in Guangzhou, China,” “Chinese immigrant transnationalism,” and “Highly skilled Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles and Singapore.” She is editing a book on Contemporary Chinese Diasporas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
B.A., English, Sun Yat-sen University, 1982
M.A., Sociology, SUNY Albany, 1985
PhD, Sociology, SUNY Albany, 1989
Migration and Development, the new second generation, race and ethnicity, entrepreneurship, refugee studies, Asian diasporas, and the sociology of Asia and Asian America
The Rise of the New Second Generation (with Carl L. Bankston III). Polity, 2016.
Contemporary Asian America: A Multidisciplinary Reader (co-edited with Anthony Ocampo). New York University Press, 3rd ed. 2016.
“Remittances for Collective Consumption and Social Status Compensation: Variations on Transnational Practices among Chinese Migrants” (with Xiangyi Li), International Migration Review. Epub ahead of print Fall 2016. DOI: 10.1111/imre.12268 (2016).
“Homeland Engagement and Host-Society Integration: A Comparative Study of New Chinese Immigrants in the United States and Singapore” (with Hong Liu) International Journal of Comparative Sociology 57 (2016).
“Encountering Strangers in an Emerging Global City: Chinese Attitudes toward African Migrants in Guangzhou, China” (with Shabnam Shenasi and Tao Xu), The International Journal of Sociology 46 (2016).
“Rejoinder: Unraveling the Link between Culture and Achievement” (with Jennifer Lee), Symposium on The Asian American Achievement Paradox by Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou. Ethnic and Racial Studies 39 (2016).
The Asian American Achievement Paradox (with Jennifer Lee). Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2015 (winner of the 2016 Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award from the Section on International Migration of the American Sociological Association (ASA), the 2016 Book Award on Asian America from ASA Section on Asia and Asian America, and the 2016 Pierre Bourdieu Award for Outstanding Book from ASA Sociology of Education Section).
“Transnationalism and Development: Mexican and Chinese Immigrant Organizations in the United States” (with Alejandro Portes), Population and Development Review 38 (2012).
“Noneconomic Effects of Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Chinatown and Koreatown in Los Angeles, USA” (with Myungduk Cho), Thunderbird International Business Review 52 (2010).
Contemporary Chinese America: Immigration, Ethnicity, and Community Transformation. Temple University Press, 2009.