Yu Zhou

Professor of Geography
Woman in suit jacket smiling - Pictured: Yu Zhou

BS, MS, Geography and Urban and Regional Planning, Peking University, P.R. China.
PhD, Geography, University of Minnesota, 1995

Yu Zhou received Bachelor and Master’s degree from Department of Regional and Environmental Sciences (formerly Geography) in Peking University, China, and received PhD in geography from University of Minnesota in 1995. Her current research is on globalization and high-tech industry in China. More recently she has done researched into China’s green building program and urban sustainability. 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, Voice of America among others.

Curriculm Vitae

BS, MS, Peking University (北京大学); PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
At Vassar since 1995


Ely Hall
Box 465


GEOG 102 Global Geography: People, Places, and Regions
GEOG 276 Economic Geography: Spaces of Global Capitalism
INTL 276 Economic Geography: Spaces of Global Capitalism

Selected Publications


Selected Refereed Journals

Book Chapters

  • Zhou, Yu, 2017. Paths of Green Building Technology in China, chapter 8 in Energy Efficiency and the Future of Real Estate. Co-edited by Ed Coulson, Yongsheng Wang and Clifford Lipscomb. Spring Nature, Palgrave Macmillan, 161-186.
  • Zhou, Yu, 2013. “Time and Spaces of China’s ICT industry.” Chapter 5 in The Economic Geography of the IT industry in the Asia Pacific Region. Edited by Philip Cooke, Glen Searle and Kevin O’Connor. Routledge. pp. 69-86. 2013.
  • Zhou, Yu, “The migration of Chinese professionals: and the development of the Chinese ICT industry.” Diasporas in the New Media Age: Identity, Politics and Community., edited by Andoni Alonso and Pedro J. Oiarzabal, University of Nevada Press.
  • Zhou Y. (2009). “High-Tech Industry.” In Kitchin R, Thrift N (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 1, pp. 122-127.Oxford: Elsevier. 2009.

Blog Entries

In the Media

Yu Zhou, Professor of Geography, was quoted in a CKGSB Knowledge article about China’s high-quality research in chemistry.


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