Brown faculty organized a conference on CHINA: Cities after Socialism on the Brown campus in February 2012. For information, see the conference agenda here. We have also contributed toward organization of a large international conference held at Hong Kong Baptist University in December 2012 (the conference webpage is here).
China poses great challenges and opportunities to scholars who want to understand this
vast and rapidly changing society. At Brown University among the first social scientists to initiate research
on China after the Cultural Revolution were sociologists Sidney and Alice Goldstein. They provided the
definitive analysis of urbanization and migration in China in the 1980ís, including books on Urbanization
in China: New Insights from the 1982 Census (1985) and Population Mobility in the Peopleís Republic of China (1985).
The Brown University Working Group on China was established in 2005 to improve communication and collaboration among scholars
who continue to study social change in China and its relations with the international community. The Working Group is supported by S4 (Spatial
Structures in the Social Sciences) and PSTC (Population Studies and Training Center).
The following persons constitute the current membership of the working group. Click on the personís name to see more information about their research activity on China.
Cynthia Brokaw (History)
Matt Gutmann (Anthropology)
Vernon Henderson (Economics)
John R. Logan (Sociology)
Vincent Mor (Medical Science)
Rebecca Nedostup (History)
Susan Short (Sociology)
(East Asian Studies
Kenneth Wong (Education)
In addition, Brown graduate Ma Rong, Chair of the Department of Sociology at
Peking University, provides the working group with a strong tie to social sciences in China.
The Working Group also participates in a consortium of scholars whose collaboration
began under the aegis of the Urban China Research Network (http://www.albany.edu/chinanet) and who have carried
out a series of original surveys in Chinese cities. Other scholars may request permission to analyze these data.
Click here to see a list of surveys and their questionnaires.
Brown scholars are working with the third China Industry Census, which was conducted in 1996, and is known as the 1995 industry census.
Click here to see the codebooks; a working group password is required to access the data itself.