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Yu Zhou Professor of Geography

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.

  • BS, MS, Beijing University; PhD, University of Minnesota
  • At Vassar since 1995



  • GEOG/INTL 276. Economic Geography: Spaces of Global Capitalism
  • GEOG/INTL 372. Topics In Human Geography

Selected Publications


Selected Refereed Journals

Book Chapters

  • 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.

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Photo: Karl Rabe/Vassar College
Photo: Karl Rabe/Vassar College