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2018 Resigned Urbanization: Migration, Dwelling, and Freedom in Contemporary China. Ph.D. dissertation, Columbia University, 2018.
2009 《樂村:北京五環外一個農民工聚居區的生活、工作與治理》。國立清華大學社會學研究所碩士論文。(台灣社會學會 2009 年碩博士論獎得獎論文)


“Low-End Accumulation: Spatial Transformation and Social Stratification in a Beijing Urban Village,” Positions, forthcoming.
2021 “Spaces of Suspension: Construction, Demolition, and Extension in a Beijing Migrant Neighbourhood.” Pacific Affairs 94, no. 2 (June 1, 2021): 251–64.


2021 “In Search of Community on Beijing’s Urban Fringes,” paper presented at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Virtual Annual Conference. March 21-26.
2020 新常態下的空間排除:北京外來人口與出租房屋的封閉式管理〉,台灣人類學與民族學學會2020年會。國立暨南國際大學,九月26-27日。
2019 “Contested Panning and Urban Imaginations in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei,” paper presented at the 118th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Vancouver, BC, Canada. November 20-24.
2019 〈行動的兩難〉,發表於論壇「在當代中國做田野——反省與展望(1):城市與社會」,台灣人類學與民族學學會 2019 年會。中央研究院民族學研究所,九月 28-29 日。
2019 “Imagined Centrality: Migrant Homeownership and Self-Help Urbanization in Yanjiao,” paper presented at the 2019 International Conference on China’s Urban Development. Beijing, China, June 28-29.
2019 “Apartment for Rent: The Professionalization of Rental Housing in Beijing’s Urban Villages,” paper presented at the workshop of “Urban Villages and the Cultural Politics of Accumulation in China.” Duke-Kunshan University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, May 2-3.
2018 “From Big Compound to Apartment House: The Migrant Housing Plight in Beijing,” presented at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. San Jose, CA, November 14-18.
2018 “Suspended Space, Extended Identities: An Emergent Social Class of Migrant Tenants?” presented at Suspension: Mobilities, Aspirations, and Sociopolitical Stagnation in China. St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, September 17- 18.
2017 “Migrant Mothers: Parental Expectations and Contested Desire in Rural China,” presented at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Washington, DC, November 29-December 3.
2017 “Dwelling in Emptiness: Migrant Houses and Identity in China,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Ethnological Society. Stanford University, California, March 30-April 1.
2016 “Migrant Homebuyers: Self-help Urbanization and Core-Periphery Structure in China,” presented at the 115th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 16-20.
2014 “The Death of a ‘Misrecognized’ Migrant Worker: The Backward Peasantry and the Discourse of Quality in Contemporary China,” presented at the Sixth Annual CUHK Anthropology Postgraduate Student Forum, Department of Anthropology. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, January 17-18.
2013 “Chinese Contemporary Thought and Debate in the 1990s: An Anthropological View,” presented at the Ninth Annual Graduate Seminar on China, Universities Service Centre for China Studies. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, January 9-12.
2012 “Walled Villages: Gating, Political Control and Moral Order in the Suburbs of Beijing,” presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, California, November 14-18.
2012  “‘Grounding Displacement’: Life of Migrant Workers in Beijing,” (in Chinese) presented at the 2012 Cultural Studies Conference, Cultural Studies Association. Taiwan University, Taiwan, January 7-8.
2011 “Hiding a ‘Garbage Village’: Changes in Urban Governance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics,” presented at the 53rd Annual Conference, American Association for Chinese Studies. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, October 14-16.