Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Zhan Shaohua

Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences

Email: shzhan@ntu.edu.sg
Asst Prof Zhan Shaohua

Biography
I received my doctoral degree in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University in 2013 and worked at both the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the State University of New York at Binghamton. My research primarily focuses on China including labor migration, the hukou system, rural development, land issues, food security, urbanization and state-society relations. I have been trying to extend my research in two directions. One is to examine the historical roots of China’s contemporary development problems from a long-term perspective. My dissertation project compared post-reform rural change and 18th-century economy and society during the Qing dynasty. The other direction is to examine the global dimensions of China’s internal issues and bring out the relationship between its domestic dynamics and international strategy.
Research Interests
Economic sociology; Global development; Historical sociology; Labor migration; and China studies
Current Projects
  • Confronting a Grey Society: Population Politics and Social Institutions of Elderly Care in China
  • Immigration, Integration, and Social Transformation in the Pacific Rim
  • Industrious Revolution in China: Historical Origins of its rise and development implications (book prospectus)
  • Internal Spatial Fix and Grain Production in China: National Policy, Local Processes and Global Implications
  • Pursuit of Food Security in China: National Strategy, Local Politics and Global Implications
Selected Publications
  • Shaohua Zhan. (2019). Accumulation by and without dispossession: Rural land use, land expropriation, and livelihood implications in China. Journal of Agrarian Change, 19(3), 447-464.
  • Zhan, Shaohua. (2019). Review of China's agrarian transition: Peasants, property and politics by René Trappel [Review of the book Review of China's agrarian transition: Peasants, property and politics by René Trappel] Journal of Agrarian Chang, 19 (3), 1-3.
  • Alpermann, Björn; Zhan, Shaohua. (2019). Population Planning after the One-Child Policy: Shifting Modes of Political Steering in China. Journal of Contemporary China, 28(117), 1-29.
  • Zhan, Shaohua. (2019). Review of The Global Rise of China by Alvin Y. So and Yin-wah Chu [Review of the book Review of The Global Rise of China by Alvin Y. So and Yin-wah Chu] Journal of World-Systems Research, 25 (1), 209-213.
  • Zhan, Shaohua. (2019). The Land Question in China: Agrarian Capitalism, Industrious Revolution, and East Asian Development. Routledge.

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