Yue Zhang

Associate Professor


Ph.D. Princeton University, 2008

Fields of Interest:
Comparative Urban Politics and Policy, Urban Governance, Urban Informality, Community Development, Globalization, Cultural Policy

Selected Publications:
2013. The Fragmented Politics of Urban Preservation: Beijing, Chicago, and Paris. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press. Nominated for American Political Science Association’s 2014 Dennis Judd Best Book Award in Urban Politics.

2016. “Preserving Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict.” Wilson Briefs, April 2016.

2016. “Building a Slum-Free Mumbai.” Urban Sustainability Laboratory, Wilson Center.

2014. “Informality in Urban Villages.” Urban Age Newspaper: Governing Urban Futures, LSE Cities.

2014. “Governing Art Districts: State Control and Cultural Production in Contemporary China.” The China Quarterly, vol. 219, pp. 827-848.

2011. “Boundaries of Power: Politics of Urban Preservation in Two Chicago Neighborhoods.” Urban Affairs Review, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 511-540.

2008. “Steering Toward Growth: Symbolic Urban Preservation in Beijing, 1990-2005.” Town Planning Review, vol. 79, no. 2-3, pp. 187-208.

Selected Awards and Fellowships:
Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 2015-2016
Stone Scholar Award, American Political Science Association, 2010
Norton Long Young Scholar Award, American Political Science Association, 2009
UIC Provost Faculty Award, 2015
UIC Faculty Mentor Award for Undergraduate Research Initiative, 2013
UIC Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow, 2012-2013
UIC Great Cities Institute Faculty Scholar, 2010-2011


Yue Zhang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her MA and Ph.D. degrees in Politics from Princeton University and her A.B. degree in International Relations from Peking University. Her principal research interest is comparative urban politics and policy with a focus on urban governance, urban informality, community development, globalization, and cultural policy. Professor Zhang received the Norton Long Young Scholar Award in 2009 and the Stone Scholar Award in 2010, both from the American Political Science Association’s Urban Politics Section. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants, with the most recent ones including a residential fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. in 2015-2016. She is the author of The Fragmented Politics of Urban Preservation: Beijing, Chicago, and Paris (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). Her other published work has appeared in Urban Affairs Review, Town Planning Review, The China Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, among others. She has been consultant to UNESCO, the European Commission, and the municipal governments of Chicago, São Paulo, and Guangzhou on issues related to community development, urban sustainability, and municipal reform. She is currently working on a book project about informal housing and urban governance in China, India, and Brazil.


Contact Information

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Office Phone: (312) 996-2396
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