Yu Zhou

Professor of Geography

  • Office: Ely Hall 119
  • Office hours: Tuesdays 1:30-4:00pm
  • Phone: 437-5543
  • Box: 465

B.S., M.S., Geography and Urban and Regional Planning, Peking University, P.R. China.
Ph.D., 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 Ph.D. in geography from University of Minnesota in 1995.  Her current research is on globalization and high-tech industry in China, especially Beijing's Zhongguancun region, the so-called China's Silicon Valley.  She has done research 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, Washington Post and others.


Selected Publications

Refereed journals:

Book chapters:

  • 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
  • Zhou, Yu 2004, Chinese immigrants in the global economy. Chapter 3 in Migration: A global view. Edited by Maura I. Toro-Morn and Marixsa Alicea, Greenwood’s World View of Social Issues Series. pp.35-52.
  • Zhou, Yu 2002. New York: Caught under the fashion runway—Immigrant enterprises in the garment industry of New York Book chapter in Unravelling the Rag Trade-Immigrant entrepreneurship in seven world cities, edited Jan Roth. Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers. P113-134.
  • Jici Wang and Yu Zhou, 2001. 北京中关村电子信息产业的企业集群分析 (Analysis of Beijing Zhongguancun information technology firms regional cluster), Ch. 6-6 in 创新的空间:企业集群与区域发展 (Innovative spaces: enterprises clusters and regional development). Beijing: Peking University Press. P. 220-233.
  • Tseng Yen-Fen and Yu Zhou. 2001. Immigrant Economy in a Pacific Rim Context: Chinese businesses in Los Angeles. Book chapter in The Chinese Triangle of Mainland-Taiwan-Hong Kong: Comparative Institutional Analyses. Edited by Alvion Y. So, Nan Lin, Dudley Poston, West port, CN: Greenwood.
  • Zhou, Yu 2000 “Bridging the continents: the roles of Los Angeles Chinese producer services in the globalisation of Chinese business.” Book chapter in The Globalisation of Chinese Business Firms, edited by Henry Wai-Chung Yeung and Kris Olds, London: Macmillan Press Ltd. pp167-194.