Zai Liang is currently Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany and Changjiang Scholar Visiting Chair Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University. He is the former chair of Asia and Asian American section of the American Sociological Association. Since 2004, he has been serving as Director and Co-Director of Urban China Research Network, based in Albany. His main research interests are migration/immigration, urbanization and urban sociology. He pursues these interests in the contexts of the United States, China and Africa. His research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and China Social Science and Philosophy Foundation among others.