College / Department

Teaching areas

Introduction to Sociology; Sociology of Religion; Urban Sociology; Globalization; East Asia; Chinese Society; International Organization

Research areas

Sociology of Religion; Global Migration; Immigrant Religions in the United States; Islam Muslims in North America; Islam and Muslims in China; Chinese Diaspora; UAE society


MA in Sociology, Western Illinois University, United States, 2003
PhD in Sociology, University of Notre Dame, United States, 2009
BA in English Literature, Renmin University of China, 2001

Professional experience

Visiting Scholar, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California-Berkeley, USA, Aug. 2016-May 2017
Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of International Studies, American University of Sharjah, UAE, Aug. 2015-present
Assistant Professor of Sociology, American University of Sharjah, Department of International Studies, Aug. 2009-June 2015.
Visiting Instructor, Northwestern University, Asian American Studies, March-June 2008.
Teaching Assistant and Lab Instructor, University of Notre Dame, Department of Sociology, Aug. 2005-May2007; Aug. 2008-May 2009.


Society for the Scientific Study of Religion; Association for Sociology of Religion; American Sociological Association; Midwest Sociological Society; Chinese Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

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