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Julia Chuang ─ Beneath the China Boom: Labor, Citizenship, and the Making of a Rural Land Market

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street

Julia Chuang is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. She is a qualitative researcher with research interests in development, agrarian politics, and migration. Her work has utilized ethnographic and interview-based methods, and recently, she has also begun to work with computational methods as well. Julia completed her postdoctoral training at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. She received a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Social Studies from Harvard University.

Julia is particularly interested in flows of capital and labor in Asia. Her work asks how these flows shape global developmental outcomes, often beyond the reach of political intervention. Her book, Beneath the China Boom: Labor, Citizenship, and the Making of a Rural Land Market, published in 2020 by University of California Press, examines flows of capital and labor between rural and urban China. An ongoing research project examines capital migration from Asia to the West, in the form of immigrant investors who seek destinations where they can “park” capital assets in exchange for long-term returns or political citizenship.

Development and Governance Seminar