Liang, Samuel Y.
Associate Professor - Humanities
CB 211E
863 6266
Last Updated: 2/7/19 -


Ph.D. 2006, Art History, Binghamton University, SUNY;

MA. History of Architecture, 1994, Department of Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai

Professional Interests

Architecture and urbanism in modern and contemporary China and East Asia; Chinese spatial and visual culture; Chinese arts and material culture; cultural discourses of urban change; theories of modernity; space and governance; postcolonial identities; aesthetic influences between European and China


Selected Publications

Authored books

Remaking China’s Great Cities: Space and Culture in Urban Housing, Renewal, and Expansions. New York: Routledge, 2014, xx, 235pp. see here

Mapping Modernity in Shanghai: Space, Gender, and Visual Culture in the Sojourners’ City 1853–98. New York: Routledge, 2010, xviii, 218 pp. (paperback 2012) see here

Journal articles (refereed)

“Planning and Its Discontents: Contradictions and Continuities in Remaking China’s Great Cities, 1950-2010,” Urban History, 40.3 (2013).   

 “最后的先锋派:国际情境主义和建筑电讯派” (Last Avant-gardes: Situationist International and Archigram), 《建筑师》(Architects) 154 (2011): 5-10.  

 “The Expo Garden and Heterotopia: Staging Shanghai between Postcolonial and (Inter)national Global Power,” The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 9, Issue 38 No 1 (2011). see here

“Property-Driven Urban Change in Post-Socialist Shanghai: Reading the Television Series Woju,” Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 39, no.4 (2010): 3-28.

 “上海弄堂的革命與懷舊: 从中共‘一大’會址到新天地” (The Revolution and Nostalgia of Shanghai Longtang: From the CCP First Congress Memorial to Xintiandi),《台灣社會研究季刊》(Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies) 76 (2009): 393-416.

“Where the Courtyard Meets the Street: Spatial Culture of the Li Neighborhoods, Shanghai, 1870-1900,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 67, no.4 (2008): 482-503.

“Amnesiac Monument, Nostalgic Fashion: Shanghai’s New Heaven and Earth,” Wasafiri 23, no.3 (special issue on Chinese writings, 2008): 47-55.

“Ephemeral Households, Marvelous Things: Business, Gender, and Material Culture in Flowers of Shanghai,” Modern China 33, no.3 (2007): 377-418.

“High-Tech Cities and the Primitive Jungle: Visionary Urbanism in Europe and Japan of the 1960s,” International Studies in Philosophy 36, no.2 (2004): 45-66. 

Book Reviews

Review of The Making of Hong Kong: From Vertical to Volumetric. By Barrie Shelton, Justyna Karakiewicz, and Thomas Kvan. London: Routledge, 2010. Built Environment 37, no.3 (2011): 370-72.

Review of Cosmopolitan Publics: Anglophone Print Culture in Semi-Colonial Shanghai. By Shuang Shen. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2009. Modern China Literature and Culture (March 2011)

Review of Lifestyle and Entertainment in Yangzhou. Edited by Lucie Olivová and Vibeke Børdahl. Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2009. The China Quarterly 204 (2010): 1021-23.

Review of Global Shanghai, 1850-2010: A History in Fragments. By Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom. London: Routledge, 2009. Pacific Affairs 83, no.3 (2010): 589-91.

Review of Allegorical Architecture: Living Myth and Architectonics in Southern China. By Xing Ruan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006. Journal of Asian Studies 67, no.1 (2008): 284-86. 

Recent courses:

HIST 420R/CHST 363G/HUM 325R Modern Chinese History

HIST 420R/CHST 363G/HUM 325R History of Chinese Art and Culture

HIST 420R/CHST 363G/HUM 325R Urban History of China

CHST200G/HUM 325R Introduction to Chinese Studies

HUM 101G Humanities Through the Arts 

HUM 1010 Humanities Through the Arts