image of Dr. Bin Xu

Sociology announces Culture and China hire

Dr. Bin Xu will be joining Emory’s Department of Sociology in August as an assistant professor in a position made possible by the Confucius Institute in Atlanta. Bin most recently comes to us from Florida International University. A sought-after speaker with an impressive list of publications and honors, Bin will be teaching “Contemporary China and Culture” in the fall and a China-focused version of “Culture and Society” in the spring, along with a theory-focused course for graduate students.

Bin’s hiring marks the latest move to strengthen Emory’s engagement with China. Home to 1.3 billion people and the second largest world economy, China’s rapid cultural change and economic growth, shifting social and political landscapes, and influence as a world power raise important theoretical and policy questions for scholars. Between 2005 and 2014, Emory faculty collaborated on at least 1,339 publications with Chinese scholars. As of 2015, seventy-six Emory faculty members reported engagement in-country. The student body has also been significantly impacted. The number of Chinese students on campus has more than doubled in recent years – from 462 in the 2010-2011 academic year to 1,014 in 2014-2015.

Given China Studies’ growing significance for both scholars and students, in 2015, the university’s Global Strategy identified China itself as one of five geographic focal points for maximizing Emory’s impact abroad. Emory’s existing strengths in China Studies include the Confucius Institute in Atlanta, which supports the Emory-Nanjing University partnership and Emory’s own Chinese language offerings. Bin’s position, officially known as the Confucius Institute Professorship in China Studies, is supported by Hanban.