Professor, Vassar College

PKUSSI Course:Environmental China: Nature, Culture and Development

Dr. ZHOU Yu is a full professor at Department of Earth Sciences and Geography, Vassar College. She received Bachelor and Master’s degree from Department of Regional and Environmental Sciences (formerly Geography) in Peking University, China, and received Ph.D. in geography from University of Minnesota in 1995. Her current research is on globalization and high-tech industry in China, especially Beijing’s Zhongguancun region, the so-called China’s Silicon Valley. More recently she has done researched into China’s green building program. In the United States, her works are more in the areas of ethnic business, gender and ethnic communities, and transnational business networks. In 2008, she was selected as one of the twenty Public Intellectual Fellows by the National Committee on US-China Relations. She has been interviewed by New York Times, and Washington Post among others.