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Guangzhi HuangDr. Guangzhi Huang

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies


Research/Creative Interests

My research focuses on how global urban developments affect the urban poor. Specifically my research examines how different forms of globalization affect urban developments in Guangzhou. I am also interested in critical race theory, institutional racism in China, and the interconnections between urban developments in China and Africa.


Huang, Guangzhi, “Policing the Blacks in Guangzhou: How Public Security Constructs Africans as Sanfei.” forthcoming at Modern China, 2018

Huang, Guangzhi, “Sanfei Blacks – How the Chinese State Constructs Africans as Dangerous Illegals.” The Long Struggle: Discourses on Human and Civil Rights in African and the Africa Diaspora. (Austin, Tx: Pan-African University Press, 2017).


“Astute Planners: How Urban Villagers in Guangzhou Converted Their Neighborhood into an African Market”, IPHS 2018. Yokohama, Japan, Jul 2018

“’200,000 Blacks in Guangzhou’: News Media, Race, and State construction of Modern Urbanity.” MLA Convention 2018. New York, NY. Jan 2018

“Africans and Guangzhou's Gentrification: race, state and urban space.” 66th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) Annual Meeting. University of Notre Dame. Sep 2017.

Special Projects/Activities

I am currently involved in the Global Urban History Project (GUHP) which brings together scholars from around the world who devote their research to the intersection of history and urban studies. Our network has currently more than 300 scholars from a multitude of disciplines such as history, urban planning, geography, and architecture. These include some of the most recognizable names such as the president of Urban History Association, Thomas Sugrue, and Nancy Kwak, the president elect of the Society for American City and Planning History. GUHP just successfully held its first mini conference in Yokohama, Japan, as part of the 2018 International Planning History Society Conference. More are in store, and we are co-organizing two conferences in 2019. One in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the other in Leicester, England. Please check out our website for details. GUHP welcomes scholars of all stages in their careers to sign up, and we will help advertise your latest publications.

Contact Information

Office: 94 Porter, Room 3



Office Hours Spring 2020

Monday, Wednesday

or by appointment



PhD, SUNY at Buffalo, 2018

MA, St. Louis University, 2009

BA, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, 2006


Courses Taught

IDST 299: Intro to Urban Studies

IDST 360: Contemporary Chinese Urban Cultures

IDST 150: Intro to Cross-Cultural and Social Justice Studies