Yu Zhou is a professor of Geography at Vassar College. She received her Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Minnesota in 1995. She has done research on globalization and high-tech industry, and urban green building development in China, and she is the author of the book The Inside Story of China’s High-Tech Industry: Making Silicon Valley in Beijing (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007) and co-editor of China as an Innovation Nation (Oxford University Press, 2016). Zhou also has done research in ethnic communities and transnational business networks in the United States. She is a recipient of numerous national and international awards and grants, and was selected as one of the Public Intellectual Fellows by the National Committee of United States-China Relations.

Last Updated: November 21, 2016



What Are We Getting Wrong about the Trade War?

Victor Shih, Yu Zhou & more from ChinaFile
Since the collapse of trade talks in mid-May, voices from both sides have warned of the economic havoc their side can unleash while boasting of their economy’s resilience. Academics in China speak about weaponizing the country’s foreign exchange...



As China Reins in Capital, What Next for Global Trade?

Yu Zhou & Peter Knaack
China’s Communist Party and its leader, Xi Jinping, are tightening controls on overseas spending by the country’s biggest companies and their highly visible billionaire CEOs. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that Xi personally signed off on...



Can China Become a Leader of Innovation?

Jost Wübbeke, Yu Zhou & more
China’s ambitious high-tech strategy is raising alarm in industrialized nations. From American and South Korean chipmakers to German car and machine manufacturers, some industry leaders expect the imminent arrival of strong Chinese competitors. Does...



Will China Take the Lead on Climate Change?

Sam Geall, Barbara A. Finamore & more
At a time when the world is looking to China and the United States, the leading emitters of greenhouse gasses, to cooperate under the terms of the Paris Climate Change Agreement of 2015, will China now take the lead in fighting climate change?